A plan to build a new town park and community centre in the heart of Winslow will get a major boost if a £200,000 grant recommendation is agreed by Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) cabinet on Tuesday.
Winslow Town Council has made a bid for the grant from the New Homes Bonus fund to cover the cost of acquiring the area of land known as The Paddock, adjacent to Winslow Public Hall, where the Lions Club of Winslow holds its annual fireworks display.
Once part of the Winslow Hall estate, the land, which includes the town’s bowling green, was retained by the estate’s trustees when the hall was sold in 2010.
The idea is to build a community centre and put a covenant on the land to ensure it is kept as a community asset in perpetuity.
Julian Tomkins, the son of the late Sir Edward and Lady Tomkins, who lived at Winslow Hall, has been leading the negotiations for the trustees.
He said: “My family always believed that this land should be held as a community asset and I am delighted that we have been able to agree a sale to the town council.
“Their plans for the use of the land are exciting and it will create a great asset for the community.’’
Town councillor Llew Monger said, if the purchase goes ahead, it will be “the most exciting thing that’s happened in Winslow for a long time”.
He said: “We are hopefully going to build the new community centre in this beautiful parkland setting. The acquisition and initial works are only the first part of a major project to create wider public access to this fabulous site.”
If approved by cabinet on Tuesday, November 19, the grant would cover the purchase of the land and the cost of the extensive works required to prepare the site for public access.
Mr Monger will be proposing to the town council that the site is named Tomkins Park in memory of Sir Edward and Lady Tomkins.
The grant has been recommended for approval.
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