Broughton Parish Council has purchased the Toll Bar Cottage and, on 6 November 2019, received planning permission for change of use from a domestic dwelling to Community Meeting Rooms/Café and to extend and renovate the premises.

The work is planned to take place in 2 phases;

  • Phase 1 the renovation of the Cottage to enable the café to open; and
  • Phase 2 building the extension and landscaping the gardens

The meeting rooms and café in the Toll Bar Cottage will offer a facility for local groups to meet up. The ground floor will have the larger modern room which will be the main part of the café, with tables and chairs that can be stacked. The old part of the cottage will be a relaxed area, with coffee tables and seating around the wood-burning stove. The kitchen will service the café.

The original bathroom will be an accessible toilet, with baby changing facilities.

Up the new stairs, an open plan area will have accessible computers, an area of display cabinets for locally produced items (non-edible), seating and heritage information. There will be a 2nd toilet and another meeting/office room. All of these rooms will be bookable when the café is not operating and some during office hours. Their usage and priorities will develop over the coming year.

Outside will be a veranda with seating, a cottage garden and Broughton Henge (using the various gateposts collected) and a bicycle shed.

The funds for the renovation and extension will come from Community Infrastructure Levy (CiL), from which the Parish Council receives a percentage of monies paid by developers to Preston City Council. To cover the internal fitting of the café and meeting rooms and the wages (reducing) for the staff for an initial period of three years,  (not fundable under CiL), we have been successful in securing a Reaching Communities grant and, thanks to National Lottery players, this will cover these expenses.