‘Dumb waiter’ plan to help charity shop staff move heavy stock around

A SALISBURY charity bookshop could soon get a lift to help staff move items around.

A planning application has been submitted to Wiltshire Council for a ‘dumb waiter’-style lift to move books around the Oxfam Bookshop, in Catherine Street.

“(The) reason for wanting to make the proposed internal alterations is to improve the manual handling for the Oxfam staff/volunteers when moving books/music/stock between the various floors of the Oxfam bookshop,” the application said.

It also detailed how a lift would mean the stairs would be safer as staff would not be carrying stock while moving between floors.

On the first floor, a partition would be installed, with a kitchen and sink unit being relocated.

“Internally, the proposed works will also involve renewing the internal shop fittings to suit the revised layout; new floor coverings and paint decoration; minor alterations to the floor/ceilings in order to form lift shaft openings between floors; a new concrete pad on the ground floor may be required to ensure the lift is suitably supported,” it added.

For more details on the plan, log on to and search for application reference PL/2023/07283.

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