The future of two sites on Western Park still hangs in the balance as Leicester City Council mulls over which of three bids will provide a sustainable solution to the derelict buildings at the edge of the park, including the Eco House and the Grade II listed Open Air School.
The three bidders; the Eco community bid, Western Park residents community bid and a local developer have submitted detailed long term business plans to show how they would raise the money to renovate and finance their projects, in particular the Open Air School.
Given the size of the development, The Western Park residents bidders say their 'makeshift' committee felt: 'We should explore a potential partnership with the developer to put forward a more economically viable and sustainable option that might be taken more seriously. This possibility was always been subject to consultation with the community'.
At a public meeting on 12th October, the votes from five options were counted with the majority of the community in favour of a partnership with the developer.
Meeting organisers say: 'This supports our view that this is the only viable option for our community and should enable us to positively influence the development on the edge of our beautiful park whilst ensuring we secure community space for generations to come'.
A formal committee, The Western Ward Community Enterprise (WWCE), is now in place with members originally in support of this option and who could take on an active role in a complex process.
The committee is due to launch a regularly updated website and community consultation evenings will be held at critical stages along the way.
It still remains to be seen whether this, or
any bid, will be accepted.
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