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Campaign to prevent car park plans for green space in Horncastle

By East Lindsey Target  |  Posted: February 22, 2013

THE WONG WAY: Councillor and chairman of the Wong Working Group Bill Aron is urging the public to get behind the group?s public consultation to enable the them to asset manage the land. (Photo:John Aron)

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A HORNCASTLE working group is urging for the public's support to help keep The Wong a green open space.

After a recent announcement by East Lindsey District Council (ELDC) to make the Wong a 135 space paid for car park, chairman of the Wong Working Group county councillor Bill Aron, is counting on local businesses, residents and visitors to show their show support.

Councillor Aron said: "The fight to keep the Wong as a green open space and free car park has been going on since the 90s.

"We would like a management agreement with ELDC whereby we keep it very similar to the nearby Hamilton Gardens and after our recent successes of the War Memorial Centre and the Stanhope Hall I believe Horncastle has shown it's more than capable of asset management."

Councillor Aron's view was more than supported at a recent town council meeting where county councillor Steve Newton suggested that if people weren't to use the car park then maybe ELDC would review its options.

Councillor Newton said: "If people don't use the car park then ELDC don't have a benefit for running it and I believe the working group needs to keep working hard towards its goal."

Horncastle Town Council also received a letter from a local estate agent who is concerned that by altering the car park charges it will affect the popularity of its auctions.

Managing director of Robert Bell and Company, Robert Bell said: "We are very concerned about the proposal to make charges for parking at The Wong as this will affect business in the town and at the hall in particular.

"On days of our sales we rely on the capacity if The Wong to take the parking requirements of the large number who come to look and purchase at our sales.

"The imposition of parking charges will not only incur a huge initial outlay but also affect the lettings of this important building. These charges will hit Horncastle particularly hard in terms of driving people and business away from the town - this is not what ELDC ought to be doing."

Spokesman for ELDC James Gilbert said: "The district council is aware of the Wong Working Group's ambitions. The change to car parking arrangements will not affect future developments or enhancements to the site."

To show your support visit Clifford and Magda Reed who are building a public consultation to record the public's opinion.

Clifford and Magda will be available at Horncastle town market on Thursdays and Saturdays or by phone on 07834 157539.

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