Set up in 2013, when plans for a major development of flats on the marina quayside of our hometown in Watchet had just fallen through. Rather than witness more commercial development that had no community benefit, the Onion Collective CIC realised that by pooling skills and resources we could help empower our community to make the decisions about what developments take place themselves.
They spent two months asking people ‘What does Watchet need for a stronger future?’ From that consultation, they built a purpose-built Visitor Centre and restored Boat Museum, restored a derelict field to a community garden, built a pavilion with 50 volunteers and started a project called Watchet Community Makers. They are now developing plans for a cultural enterprise tourism development on the Quayside. The experience gained from these projects means that they can now help other communities achieve the same.