Call for help on 'special' Priory

St Osyth Priory is calling on local subcontractors and suppliers to come forward as part of plans to restore the historic site.

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Works are underway to restore the priory, which dates to the 12th Century, after permission was given to build new homes, a wedding venue and visitor centre to fund the scheme.

A business plan was launched week by the site owners to reduce the conservation deficit – the gap between funding the restoration works and the final value of the buildings.

The Sargeant family and their firm City & Country said they were keen to work with local business to deliver the long term project, which has already seen the restoration of the Grade II Listed Bailiff’s Cottage and the Toll Bar, which date to the 14th Century.

Frinton based specialist carpentry and joinery business, High Class Carpentry worked on the project.

Helen Moore, managing director of City & Country, added: “We are delighted to see works progressing in earnest at St Osyth and proud to have such a dedicated team working with us to achieve an excellent, high quality result.

“There is plenty of work ahead and we are looking for more subcontractors and suppliers to join us on this exceptional project.”

She added that any sub-contractors interested in working on the project should make contact via to be invited to the firm’s next supply chain event. Tim Sargeant of City & Country also said comments made by residents at a consultation event last week would be taken into account.