Coun­cil to do­nate land to Bradley’s foun­da­tion

The Scarborough News - - WELCOME | TO YOUR NEWS - By Carl Gav­aghan Lo­cal Democ­racy Re­port­ing Ser­vice news­[email protected]­me­

Scar­bor­ough Coun­cil is to gift a par­cel of land to the Bradley Low­ery Foun­da­tion to al­low it to build a hol­i­day home for the use of fam­i­lies with chil­dren with life-threat­en­ing con­di­tions. The au­thor­ity’s cab­i­net will meet on Tues­day next week to grant the long lease of land to the south of Scalby Manor at “nil value” to the foun­da­tion.

The char­ity was set up in mem­ory of six-year-old Bradley Low­ery who lost his bat­tle to can­cer neu­rob­las­toma in July 2017.

One of the last hol­i­days he and his fam­ily had to­gether was in Scar­bor­ough and it was dur­ing this visit the fam­ily got the idea to give other chil­dren and fam­i­lies fac­ing sim­i­lar chal­lenges a place they could get away to­gether to en­joy their time. The re­port, which will go be­fore coun­cil­lors next week, states: “The Foun­da­tion con­tacted the coun­cil to lo­cate an area of land that could be leased to build a state of the art hol­i­day home for chil­dren with life-threat­en­ing ill­nesses and their fam­i­lies.

“The prop­erty will be built over two storeys com­pris­ing of five bed­rooms, a sen­sory gar­den with hot tub/sauna/pool.”

The land is cur­rently used for graz­ing.

The re­port adds that the lease­hold value of the land is ap­prox­i­mately £15,000 but lies out­side the per­mit­ted devel­op­ment lim­its, mean­ing it was un­likely to ever to have an­other scheme ap­proved.

The coun­cil re­port adds: “As a small fam­ily-based char­ity, the Foun­da­tion will be re­ly­ing on sig­nif­i­cant fundrais­ing to bring this project to fruition.

“The coun­cil has the abil­ity to use its land to im­prove the well­be­ing of those fam­i­lies as­sisted by the Foun­da­tion, by bring­ing them to the bor­ough to en­joy a state of the art fa­cil­ity within ex­cep­tional sur­round­ings, dur­ing pe­ri­ods of se­ri­ous ill­ness, whilst also pro­mot­ing the bor­ough’s tourist econ­omy. It is there­fore pro­posed that a long lease at nil value is granted.”

Bradley’s mum Gemma Low­ery has pre­vi­ously said the town holds a spe­cial place in her heart as the lo­ca­tion where Bradley had his last hol­i­day.

She said: “He had an amaz­ing time and we made so many beau­ti­ful mem­o­ries there, so it is a very spe­cial place to us.”

Bradley Low­ery

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