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Friday, 29 May 2015

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Prudhoe: Duke’s lease offer is not enough

NORTHUMBERLAND Estates will consider extending Prudhoe Town Council’s lease of Highfield Park – but not by quite enough, say councillors.

The Estates, which looks after the Duke of Northumberland’s land interests, is prepared to discuss the creation of a new 25-year agreement, while the council is looking for an agreement of up to 30 years.

Highfield, which features BMX and skate facilities, is well-used by teenagers and families, so the council is keen to apply for grants to make significant improvements.

However, funding bodies typically want to see a lease of over 25 years before making major investments.

At present the council only has around 12 years left on its current lease.

Its efforts to have this extended were recently backed by a 500-name petition gathered by local young people.

At the latest meeting of the council’s planning, contract and works committee, members agreed to raise the matter again with Northumberland Estates.