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Riverside park plan for Tadcaster
TADCASTER could get a new park with outdoor gym equipment under plans being drawn up by council bosses.
Chris Metcalfe, Selby District Councillor, said the idea was one of a number being developed to improve the town.
The district council’s executive has already agreed that land it owns in St Joseph’s Street should be used for three new three-bed homes, which would be made affordable to rent.
Coun Metcalfe said the decision was “something positive for Tadcaster”, and he was optimistic that it would go ahead without problems.
He also said the council was considering setting up a housing trust in the area, and said the development would be the first three properties in the trust.
He said the development was part of the council’s commitment to improve and invest in Tadcaster, and was “the first of many projects coming up”, which would include bringing empty properties in the town back into use.
He said: “We’re looking at vacant land owned by the council and an empty property at Kirkgate, originally used as council collection offices in Tadcaster. We weren’t able to do anything with that until the recent tenant left, so we’re looking at ways to bring that back into use.
“We’re also working with Tadcaster Town Council to create a linear park along the river frontage, with outside gym equipment. The district council has committed £100,000 to support the work, and the town council have committed £80,000 of their money for the park in the next 12 months. Hopefully we will have some proposals coming forward in the next three or four weeks.”
On the new houses plan, he said: “We will have to wait and see (whether there are any objections), but we’re optimistic there shouldn’t be any difficulties, it’s all straightforward.
“For some unknown reason, it’s used as a car park but it’s not a formal car park, which is even better, as we can progress without having to find additional car parking spaces.”