Jubilee Park - is the end in sight?

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It is a saga that seems to have run for longer than Coronation Street but an end could finally be in sight to the future of Jubilee Park in Woodhall Spa.

Or, is it?

Negotiations have taken place for several months between the village parish council and a charitable company.

The council took over ownership of the park from East Lindsey District Council more than two years ago.

Faced by ever-increasing running costs - and restrictions on time and grant-funding - the parish council decided to hand over control to a newly formed charitable company.

Charity status would bring obvious benefits, not least from the taxman.

A deal with Friends of Jubilee Park collapsed. Disputes over terms of a lease - the council would only consider a leasehold agreement - closed that avenue.

Talk of borrowing £800,000 for a new leisure and cafe complex disappeared. Council tax payers breathed again although the council did borrow more than £100,000 for the refurbishment of a shower block.

Attention switched to the charitable company, headed by interim directors including figures from the business community and other ‘interested’ parties.

Various deadlines have come - and gone.

Talks are continuing between legal teams representing the council and the company.

Council chairman David Clarke admits there are still three ‘outstanding’ issues.

Now, the council has set a final, final deadline of February 4.

As parish clerk Amanda Bushell admits: “Things can’t carry on as they are.”

Plans need to be made. Bills need paying.

The council could form its own charitable company.

Watch this space.....