Team behind Package Free Larder in Southsea suspends work on refurbishing new premises

A GROUP behind plans for a plastic-free shop has made the 'hard decision' to temporarily stop work on its premises.

The Package Free Larder team, which earlier this month announced its new home at the former Green Machine shop in Elm Grove, Southsea, said the postponement of works was due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

The building was still being refurbished and was not yet able to 'provide the essentials to the community,' an e-mail statement said.

It added: 'This is obviously a changing situation, so we’ll be monitoring and adjusting our plans and timeline accordingly.

Volunteers Connie Fenner, Agnivesh Sathasivam, Ashleigh Edwards, Sammy Higgs, Ella Lawson, Esther Rodriguez Perez and Delphine Laveyne outside their new unit for the Package Free Larder in Elm Grove, Southsea.

Though we are confined to our homes, we are still continuing to work on aspects of the shop.

‘This is an unknown situation for us all which everyone is doing their best to manage.

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More than 900 people donated £43,765 to the project in 56 days last summer.

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