Buxton charity wants to expand into empty Grove Hotel

Buxton's Grove Hotel
Buxton's Grove Hotel

A charity which provides social activities for adults in the High Peak with learning difficulties wants to move into the empty Grove Hotel.

Robinson’s Brewery, which own the historic hotel on Grove Parade in Buxton previously said they ‘do not have plans to re-open the hotel, but remain open minded about its future’.

Now Bright Opportunities has come forward and said the space would be perfect for it to expand into. Tracey Green, director and founder of the group, said: “To be based out of The Grove, which is currently sitting doing nothing, would be a dream come true for us.

“It would mean we have all the services under one roof and could start providing respite care too as it already has the space for bedrooms.

Bright Opportunities is a not-for-profit creative community based day service which seeks to promote choice, opportunity and independence in the way in which each service user decides to use their day in a personal centered approach.

Tracey said: “When we set up seven years ago we were only a Saturday club but there is such a need for the work we do we now operate six days a week and evenings as well.

“We have already out grown our space and now we are split across several sites which doesn’t provide continuity for our clients especially those with autism so we really need to find a new home which is big enough.

“When it was announced there were no plans to re-open The Grove I just thought how wonderful it would be for us to rent that space from them give more back to the town.”

A spokesman for Robinson’s brewery responded to Bright Opportunities: “Due to the extensive works that our company have had to undertake to the façade of the building, the internal condition of the building now requires intensive renovation and repair in order to make the premises capable of occupation.

“Consequently the short term occupation of the premises is impractical.

“The Company do not have plans to re-open the hotel, but remain open minded about its future.”