PARISH councillors in Woodhall Spa will meet representatives of The Friends of Jubilee Park this week in a bid to end a potentially damaging dispute and agree a formula which would see the two organisations work together.
The Friends of Jubilee Park (FoJP) had threatened to end all cooperation after councillors took overall control of the complex.
The FoJP has raised thousands of pounds and the loss of their support would have been a setback to the council’s plans to re-develop the park.
Parish Council chairman David Clarke said: “We are talking. We have another meeting planned this week and I am very hopeful we can reach an agreement. Clearly, it would be in the best interests of Jubilee Park if everyone works together.”
Councillors were strongly criticised after scrapping a management committee which had previously run the park.
Instead of the management committee - which had worked closely with the FoJP - individual councillors were handed responsibility for key areas of the park’s operations.
It is understood the council could now offer an ‘olive branch’ and give FOJP a platform to have an influential role in the park’s future.
East Lindsey District Council would welcome an agreement after expressing concerns about the parish council’s takeover.
Meanwhile, the parish council has secured a £50,000 grant to update the children’s play park. Funding is being provided by WREN, Lincolnshire County Council and the FoJP.
Coun Clarke said: “We are delighted and the improvements are a welcome step forward.”
Coun Clarke also confirmed tenders had been sent out for major improvements to the shower block at the park’s caravan site.
Work will include a new disabled shower room, washing and drying facilities and a large washing-up area. It should be completed for the start of the 2013 season.
It is believed the improvements could cost more than £100,000 but Coun Clarke said the work was urgently needed to bring the park’s facilities into line with rival caravan sites in the area.
Income from the caravan site has been hit by poor weather during the summer but management have launched a cut price scheme which will run until October 31. The opening times of the park’s outdoor swimming pool have also been extended until September 9.
Further details are available by telephoning 01526 353478 or 01526 352448.
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