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Fight to save Wycoller Country Park

Wycoller country park petition

5:33am 17th February 2017

It was made famous by the Brontë sisters - now a group are battling to save Wycoller Country Park.

The authors referred to lots of the nearby landmarks in books such as Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre.

Last year, Lancashire County Council proposed axing countryside funding as they set their budget.

But it wasn't the end for Wycoller, as a deal was being worked out for a charity to take on the running.

Unfortunately that has now fallen through.

So a group of Councillors are now fighting to save the park.

They've launched a petition, which has already been signed by more than 300 people in less than 24 hours.

They want the County Council to give emergency funding to Wycoller while they find a new person to take over.

County Councillor Paul White, who represents Pendle East, told 2BR:

"It's a free day out, which is why it's really important that people can go there and spend a day out in the countryside without spending any money.

"I fear that people will stop using Wycoller. There are private businesses like the cafe, which service the visitor economy, so they may struggle.

"If you can't go to Wycoller and use the toilet then it's not a day out is it?

"If the funding is withdrawn then we will struggle to find someone to take it on and that will just be it for Wycoller.

"It will be much easier to find somebody if it's a going concern, rather than have everything boarded up.

"What we're calling for is some stop gap funding to allow us as local councillors to go out into the community and find groups who might be interested.

"Some of those discussions have started already, but it's quite a large undertaking - we are talking about hundreds of acres of land, a range of service, toilets and visitor barns."

You can add you name to the petition to save Wycoller HERE

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