Petition calling for changes to plan for castle’s future passes 4,000 signatures
A PETITION calling for major changes to be made to a multimillion pound master plan to revamp Elvaston Castle has surpassed 4,000 signatures.
The proposals for the popular tourist venue were drawn up by Derbyshire County Council after years of joint work with the Elvaston Castle and Gardens Trust.
It would see the county council, which owns the site, hand over management of the 200-acre estate near Derby to the trust, which is run as a charity.
Running costs of £700,000 a year, which once stood at £900,000 a year, and a repair bill of £6.4m, sparked the call for a master plan to help generate more income for the site and encourage more tourists to visit – without introducing an entrance fee.
The county council is currently out to consultation on the proposals, which are thought to cost £45m to implement and £1m to draw up. This consultation concludes on Monday.
Meanwhile, a petition put forward by a concerned group of park users has gathered more than 4,000 signatures and counting, as of this article’s publication, with 37 days remaining. If the petition reaches 7,500 signatories, it will be debated at full council for a maximum of 15 minutes, with five minutes for the petitioners to put forward their case.
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