Pe­ti­tion call­ing for changes to plan for cas­tle’s fu­ture passes 4,000 sig­na­tures

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

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.

It calls for the ax­ing of plans to turn for­mer ken­nels into 10 homes, along with two fur­ther homes on the for­mer saw yard.

Ini­tia­tives in North York­shire aim to re­duce cy­cling ca­su­al­ties on its roads.

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