Councillor condemns ‘regrettable’ Bootham Park decision


The decision by the Conservative Government to sell Bootham Park to the highest bidder has been condemned by Liberal Democrat Councillor and Vice Chair of the Health, Housing and Adult Social Care Scrutiny Committee; Cllr Chris Cullwick.

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It was recently revealed that the Conservative Government has decided to press on with the sale of Bootham Park, with the recent appointment of a preferred bidder, rather than retain the site for the benefit of residents in York.
 
Since the Bootham Park site was vacated, representatives from the Council, including Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Adult Social Care, Cllr Carol Runciman, have been in discussion with stakeholders to explore potential options for Bootham Park.  These discussions focussed on retaining Bootham Park for the benefit of the city, whilst also protecting its significant heritage.
 
In response to the Conservative Government’s decision, Cllr Cullwick will refer the issue to scrutiny, so members from all parties can determine how best to approach the preferred bidder, in order to ensure the best value for residents.
 
Cllr Chris Cullwick, Liberal Democrat Vice-Chair of the Health, Housing and Adult Social Care Committee, said:
 
“This decision to sell Bootham Park to the highest bidder is a regrettable decision taken by this Conservative Government, and it is incredibly short-sighted that the aspirations of people in the city have been ignored.”
 
“Bootham Park is valued by many residents and that is why the Council has worked with a number of partners to discuss potential options which would utilise the site for the benefit of the city.  I know that my colleague, Cllr Carol Runciman, has ambitions to deliver additional health services on the site.” 
 
“With that in mind, I have referred this issue to scrutiny, so that members from all parties can best analyse how the Council approaches the Government’s preferred bidder, in order to secure some benefits for the city.”

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