Plans for a unique new gin bar and shop on The Barbican have been approved - and it will have a "tasting room" that stays open until 11.30pm. The "boutique-style" shop and tasting room is set to open in a Grade II listed building - as long as it follows the conditions. Plymouth City Council has set certain conditions for Little Gin Box to adhere to. The conditions include, ensuring the work is started before a three-year expiration date, and that kitchen and toilet work is carried out sticking to their guidelines. Little Gin Box is already a successful online retailer, selling samples of specialist 'craft' gin, offering a gin subscription and selling luxury hampers. The firm is also the producer of Barbican Botanics Gin, a high quality, artisan craft gin, conceived and formulated in Plymouth. The building currently houses an art gallery and two floors of offices, according to planning documents. The basis of business section on the planning application states: "In addition to housing … [Read more...] about Little Gin Box to open bar, tasting room and shop in Plymouth
JUST what is going on at Stroud District Council? We have the majority Labour Group ‘mindful’ to sell the Sub Rooms yet their National Party is leaning more to the left with a Policy of Public Ownership. How can they therefore sell the publicly owned Sub Rooms to Mr Vince? The Sub Rooms were built as a result of public subscription in the 1830s and were then purchased by Stroud Council around 1961 – presumably using, at that time, ratepayers’ money – what is the legal position here? – for the moral position does not seem to matter. Why are the Liberal Democrat, Conservative, Green and independent councillors silent on this subject? Do people really want Mr Vince to be the owner of a local asset? One can only hope that Stroud Town Council will have the means to fight this proposed sale, for they are the only ones attempting to do what is right in this case. Certainly one cannot be confident about the decisions coming from Ebley Mill. … [Read more...] about READER’S LETTER: How can the council sell the Sub Rooms?
I THINK that the atmosphere in Stroud since the news leaked that the task and finish group preferred bid for the Sub Rooms was for Ecotricity has become very unpleasant. Mr Vince is trying to save this much loved iconic facility for the public and should be applauded for his efforts. He has offered to consult with Stroud Town Council which I understand was declined due to them backing the Stroud Trust bid. The situation should be addressed by the district council by releasing all three bids now for the public to see why they have made the decision they have and whether all groups could work together to get the best outcome for the people of Stroud and this amazing building and forecourt. Hopefully, the public will attend the ‘consultation’ to be held by Stroud District Council at the Subscription Rooms on November 18, to add their thoughts to the process before the final decision is made on December 5. ROBIN PHILLIPS … [Read more...] about READER’S LETTER: Mr Vince is trying to save the Sub Rooms and should be applauded
Norway has the strongest penetration for digital news subscriptions of any country. Can media organisations in the Nordic country thank consumer culture, good strategy or something else entirely for the boom in paywall payers? Newspaper readers in Norway don’t seem to mind parting with a set number of kroner each month to ensure access to their digital sources. The Norwegian news media has proved adept at converting visitors to registered users, and registered users to paying subscribers on its sites. Both the number of newspapers with paywalls for content and number of digital subscriptions have seen prolific growth in recent years. A recent report by Nordicom showed that, following a doubling of newspapers with pay models for online news in 2015, 151 newspapers across the country had paid digital subscription models by the end of 2016. The most common model is the so-called ‘hard paywall’: self-produced news on the sites is restricted to paying customers … [Read more...] about Why Norwegian media lead the world in digital subscriptions
CHOOSING a digital TV package is a minefield . . . so many choices!Some families prefer the upfront cost of a basic TV box and licence with no monthly subscription. Others do costly direct debits for access to premium sport packages and the latest boxsets.So, to help out, we have pulled together a guide to paid-for TV.Options depend on which internet provider you use as main suppliers offer TV alongside their broadband services. This can be limiting, as BT, Virgin and TalkTalk only supply TV to customers who also buy their internet.Anyone able to have a satellite dish on their home can get Sky Q, regardless of broadband provider. Those not wishing to pay monthly can watch no-contract Freesat or Freeview TV.If you want the latest boxsets or premium sport, some providers let you pay as you go. Now TV lets you get daily, weekly or monthly passes with no contract. TalkTalk TV allows you to sign up for extra premium channels on a monthly rolling … [Read more...] about Which is the best digital TV package? From Sky Q to TalkTalk, Now TV and more – our guide to choosing a TV subscription service