Plea to Sheffield council on cottage sale

Cobnar Cottage, Cobnar Road, Sheffield.
Cobnar Cottage, Cobnar Road, Sheffield.
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Campaigners are waging a war against plans to sell off a historic building in a Sheffield park.

Residents and councillors in Graves Park are fighting to keep Cobnar Cottage in the hands of the public.

The building – which was originally built for park staff but has been empty for several years – is set to go under the hammer this month.

Volunteer group the Friends of Graves Park believes the cottage should be refurbished and kept in the possession of Sheffield Council. They have urged a U-turn on the decision and vowed to take their case to the Charity Commission if the plea fails.

Caroline Dewar, Friends of Grave Park chairman, said: “Cobnar Cottage is part of Graves Park and is part of the gift of land and property given by JG Graves.

“As such, it is protected by covenants which exclude the sale of such land and property. This protection was endorsed by the Charity Commission when all the land within the park was amalgamated into one governing scheme.

“Any attempts to sell will be vigorously opposed by the Friends.

Coun Ian Auckland, Liberal Democrat member for Graves Park, said: “Graves Park was gifted to the people and the council have a responsibility to maintain the park – not sell bits of it off to the highest bidder.”