Cheshire news 'Will they pay towards Chester Walls' - your say on Tatton Park funding calls PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - A Cheshire East councillor believes neighbouring authorities should also be asked to contribute to covering Tatton Park costs

Cheshire news 'Will they pay towards Chester Walls' - your say on Tatton Park funding calls PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - A Cheshire East councillor believes neighbouring authorities should also be asked to contribute to covering Tatton Park costs

Cheshire news 'Will they pay towards Chester Walls' - your say on Tatton Park funding calls PremierLeague-News.Com
23 November 2022 - 09:15

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! We reported yesterday (November 22) that a councillor had called on Cheshire East to seriously consider whether it can continue to subsidise Tatton Park on its own during a cost of living crisis. Cllr Steve Hogben (Crewe South, Lab) first raised the matter when he was responding to a drop in the visitor numbers during a recent meeting. He has since told the Local Democracy Reporting Service he believes neighbouring councils, such as Warrington Borough Council and Cheshire West & Chester, should also be asked to contribute. Speaking this week Cllr Hogben told the LDRS that a ‘fair subsidy’ goes to Tatton Park. “It’s not much use to most people in Crewe is it?” he said .”I don’t expect people to have to pay through the council tax for something you’ve got a National Trust for.” He added: “I think it needs to be considered. If we’re looking at all options [during a cost of living crisis] why should Cheshire East do all the subsidy?” He then said it might not be ‘such a stupid idea’ to ask other councils to ‘pitch in’. READ MORE: Calls for neighbouring Cheshire councils to 'pitch in' on Tatton Park costs Our story has received several responses, both on the CheshireLive website and on our social media pages. One resounding theme to the replies was the belief that taxpayers in neighbouring parts of the county should not have to 'pitch in' to help cover the park's costs. Here is a selection of comments we received: RE Vet replied to our story, stating: "Why should the taxpayer bailout what is a business? I have never visited Tatton park once for leisure reasons only once to train off roaders back in 1995. If the park cannot generate enough money to support itself then it's not a business crisis or no crisis, don't ask taxpayers to bail it out." Tatton Park is a popular wedding venue (Image: Google) test12322 stated: "If you can't afford it... Close it. People are having to go to food banks. Let's be real about our priorities this winter." TheSense said: "There is a slight difference between Tatton Park and the things in Chester or Crewe - Tatton Park is not very accessible, if you haven't got a car you can't visit. Their own website lists all the big towns you can drive from in less than 90 minutes, such as Birmingham or Wrexham, but if you don't have a car you're stuffed. "They list a weak selection of bus routes to Knutsford (many of which don't run on Sundays or Bank Holidays) and then give you some taxi phone numbers to get from there. They even give a Crewe taxi number but it would be a £75 round trip plus waiting time! So I think if it was put to a vote the people of Crewe would prefer to fund the Chester Walls than Tatton Park." Chesterwiki added: ".

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..and I'm sure Cheshire East will be happy to make a contribution to the cost of maintaining and repairing Chester's city walls." Fruitloop74 stated: "Cool. Will Cheshire East therefore chip in for Chester's new Market?" On Facebook, Jan Elrin posted: "Will Cheshire East pay towards Anderton Boat lift. Chester Walls. Boat Museum. No they won't. East Cheshire is a very wealthy place. Especially Knutsford and Wilmslow. Pay for yourselves we have our own priorities. Suggestion reduce the parking charges. You'll get far more visitors." Maria Fernandes said: "So expensive! If you charge a lot to make profit, you will have less and less visitors, even nowadays people fighting to pay to keep their house warm. If you charge less you will have much more visitors." Joel Josephson said the move would have to come with an incentive, saying: "That would be ok except then residents of contributing councils should not have to Pay to visit." In our story we reported that Wilmslow councillor Mark Goldsmith appeared incensed by Cllr Hogben’s comments. He said: "Places like Tatton Park pull in a lot of people from around the country as well. They come and visit us, they stay in our hotels which boosts jobs, they eat food and [use] hospitality which helps our pubs and restaurants survive as well, so the money that that brings in to the wider economy is a lot more than we put in ourselves.” Craig Michael Chorley agreed with his comments, posting on our Facebook page: "Well said Mark Goldsmith. They are lucky to have such a fantastic asset in their borough. It's only a little loss making because of covid. It will be back in profit next year if it's properly managed and promoted." NEWSLETTER: Sign up for CheshireLive email direct to your inbox here READ NEXT: Mum's heartbreak after four miscarriages that doctors can't explain Teenager dives into Cheshire canal to rescue woman and keeps her afloat until help arrives Ellesmere Port pub named in honour of England football legend Joe Mercer knocked down Cheshire street endures 'one of worst cases of noise nuisance' as dogs bark constantly "I do all my stuff here": Frustration as town's last bank closes

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