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Yoxford: Funding sought to safeguard beauty spot

PUBLISHED: 12:28 11 February 2014 | UPDATED: 12:28 11 February 2014

Some of the team behind Yoxwood.

Some of the team behind Yoxwood.

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Plans to safeguard an east Suffolk beauty spot for the community’s enjoyment have been agreed by councillors.

Yoxford Parish Council determined it will seek funding to purchase the Yoxwood and associated allotments at its meeting on Thursday.

The move came after the Yoxwood Steering Group – a team of volunteers who transformed the site from a desolate scrubland – sought the council’s support for its own funding application to buy the land.

The group said it was in the process of becoming a charitable incorporated organisation and would be seeking 106 funding from Suffolk Coastal District Council to find the £10,000 asking price for the land.

However councillors felt it more appropriate to make their own application and then pass the site over to the committee to manage.

Councillor Edward Draper said: “We could probably raise the money to buy this and it could be passed over to the Yoxwood (Steering Group) but the ownership would remain in perpetuity with the village – not one charitable organisation.”

Although councillors voted in favour of the motion, the move was met with concern by the steering group.

Pat Wallace, a parish councillor and Yoxwood member, speaking after the meeting, said: “The Yoxwood would run it, manage it and look after it whereas the parish council has had no involvement with it up until now.

“Our members have put in a lot of hard work and I don’t know whether they’ll want to continue with it if we’re not the owners.”

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