Do you want to contribute to the purchase of the Meadows?
The Meadows is the area of land behind houses on St John Street, Summer Lane and Yokecliffe Crescent. It is in private ownership. The Town Council has resolved to try to buy the land to ensure it is kept for the people of Wirksworth. The Council supported the application for the area to become an asset of community value, unfortunately this failed. We continue to pursue acquiring the land.
If successful we will consult the Town on the detail of how it is to be used. The planning status of the area is currently a green space and we have confidence that, at present, the planners would resist any housing development on the area. The Town Council has set aside (from operational reserves) an amount of money we believe would make a good offer for the land. As the purchase is by sealed bid we have no idea if we are to be successful.
We’re aware that there are people who would be willing to contribute to the purchase. The higher our offer then the more likely it is to succeed. We are therefore inviting donations towards buying this asset for the town. Any donation however small, is welcome, but we believe that significant contributions will be needed to counter a bid from a developer. For example, if each household in Wirksworth’s parish gave an average of £50 this would raise an additional £100,000.
If you would like to contribute to the purchase, then the Council is willing to take contributions which will be held until the owners decide who they will sell to. These will be added to our offer. If we are successful, the payments will be used. If not, the payments will be returned. The simplest way to give a contribution is by cheque. The cheque should be made out to ‘Wirksworth Town Council’. We will not bank cheques until we know we are purchasing the land. If we are not successful, we will return the cheques. If you are not able to give a cheque, then you can write to the Town Council telling us how much you are willing to pledge for the purchase. As we would be less certain about these pledges being paid, we will have to take a view on whether we include the full amount pledged in our offer.
Donors offering over £500 may be contacted to check the surety of their offer.
Whichever way you choose to contribute please include a self-addressed envelope with your cheque so that we can write to you or return the cheque.
(If you don't have access to a printer, copies of the form are avaialable at the Town Hall, or you can simply write your details on a blank sheet of paper with your envelope).
We need to receive cheques and pledges by 9am on Monday 4th November. We can then finalise our offer at a special Town Council meeting that evening.
Please send or drop in your contribution to:
Paul Jennings, Town Clerk, Town Hall, Coldwell Street, Wirksworth, DE4 4EU
If you have a question, you can get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org | 01629 823408
Last Updated: 22 October 2019