Charity to be given 25-year Barnsley park lease to build plaza and cafe

Barnsley Council is set to lease a park site to a charity for the next 25 years.

Saturday, 3rd April 2021, 11:44 am

Thurnscoe Regeneration CIO charity is due to be given the lease for the park at land at Houghton Road Recreation ground, which is managed by the authority’s park service at Barnsley Council’s next cabinet meeting.

The land was acquired by the council from the British Coal Authority in 1990, on the condition that a covenant on the land to be used for recreational purposes only.

The charity, Thurnscoe Regeneration CIO, was started in 2018 to regenerate areas of social and economic deprivation.

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Volunteers have been working on a project to develop a Village Plaza and a community café on the land, which will be “accessible to the whole of the community “.

The charity has already secured £150k from the Big Local Thurnscoe Legacy budget, £6k from SY Wind Farm and £120k in principal from Yorkshire Sport.

Further funding bids amounting to over £25k have been submittedand the plans should go ahead in Spring 2021.

It is estimated that the build phase will cost in the region of £250k- £300k.

A report states that in order to secure funding, the charity requires a 25 year lease of the land.