New deadline for Park’s handover

Jubilee Park in Woodhall Spa
Jubilee Park in Woodhall Spa

Champagne corks could finally be popping in Woodhall Spa with the end of the Jubilee Park ownership saga.

The Parish Council plans to hand over control of the entire complex to a newly-formed charitable company.

However, the process has been dogged by problems and various deadlines have passed - with no agreement in place.

Parish council chairman David Clarke has revealed he hopes to have a deal ‘signed sealed and delivered’ by March 31 - in time for the new tourist season.

Coun Clarke admitted several obstacles still had to be overcome - including responsibility for repaying a £100,000-plus loan, taken out by the parish council for the refurbishment of an amenity block.

The charitable company will take over management of the park on a leasehold agreement while the parish council will retain overall ownership.

Exact terms of the lease have still to be finalised - including the loan - but Coun Clarke said progress was being made.

Speaking at a parish council meeting, he said: “ We are still waiting for that magic date when everything will be finalised . The lease is still in the hands of the lawyers - but they are talking.”

Coun Clarke said he hoped more progress would be made later this month when parish councillors meet interim directors of the new company to discuss wide-ranging business plans for the park’s future.

In the meantime, the council’s own Jubilee Park committee will continue to make decisions regarding the 2014 tourist season - including setting staffing levels and prices for the caravan site and outdoor swimming pool.

Coun David Hill said: “We can’t sit back and do nothing. If it (the takeover) does not happen, we will be in a right mess.”