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Walton: Outrage over plans to lease Naze site to wildlife trust
3:00pm Saturday 7th December 2013 in News
PLANS to lease Walton’s famous Naze area off to a third party have sparked outrage amongst some residents and councillors.
Tendring Council is considering leasing 45 hectares of open spaces at the top of the Naze cliffs to Essex Wildlife Trust.
A 99-year lease has been proposed, which would see the trust manage the site instead of Tendring Council.
But there are major fears the move could see restrictions placed on the site.
Walton councillor Delyth Miles said: “It would be a travesty for us to hand over this glorious bit of land to a third party and give them control.
“It was purchased for our residents to enjoy as they want to. It is a gem and should remain that way.”
Tendring Council states that no restrictions would be put in place as a result of the lease changing hands.
Council leader Peter Halliday says it would help boost the facilities at the Naze – but no final decision has been made yet.
“The Naze is a really important facility for those living in the district and visitors from further afield, and there is no way we would want to see their access restricted,” he said.
“However, going into partnership with Essex Wildlife Trust will make the most of a brilliant natural asset for the benefit of the District and help to share the costs with another organisation and provide affordable excellence at the site.”
The council is asking for public comments before making a final decision.
Any comments on the proposed lease should be put in writing and sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or in the post to Assets Manager, Tendring District Council, Town Hall, Station Road, Clacton-on-Sea, C015 1SE.
They must arrive with the Council by December 19, 2013.