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Clare Town Council recommends country park offer

The Station Masters House at Clare Castle Country with, from left; Cllr Derek Blake, Geoffrey Bray; chairman of the trustees, Keith Mison and Cllr Keith Haisman.

The Station Masters House at Clare Castle Country with, from left; Cllr Derek Blake, Geoffrey Bray; chairman of the trustees, Keith Mison and Cllr Keith Haisman.

 

Clare Town Council (CTC) has agreed to recommend to the community Suffolk County Council’s (SCC) financial offer to transfer the country park into its care, but to go ahead it also needs to win the support of residents.

Last week the Echo revealed that SCC had offered CTC £225,000 towards the costs of taking over the management of the park, a figure reached after three and a half years of negotiations.

Last Thursday (July 10) CTC discussed the offer at its full meeting, after which councillors came up with the following;

“The town council agrees to recommend the offer from SCC and the proposal from the trustees elect for public consultation to the people of Clare but with reservations about the resources being made available to take on the park.

“This recommendation is made in light of the published SCC plans for the park if it were to retain ownership.”

The trustees-elect would manage the park on behalf of the town council.

It’s proposal would see the buildings refurbished and the old station master’s house let to a Clare family and used as a holiday let to generate income.

Trustees also want community events in the park, the Visitor Centre made available for community use and the old station booking hall and office let to businesses.

A feedback form is being sent to every Clare household to garner people’s thoughts on the proposal and a series of public consultation events held at Clare Town Hall, starting on July 31 from 4pm to 8pm.

 

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