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Protection and status for Grantham park

Extra protection for Wyndham Park has been agreed by South Kesteven District Council to safeguard its First World War heritage.

The council’s cabinet agreed on Thursday to register the park as a Centenary Field, which aims to protect a green space in every local authority to mark the centenary of the Great War.

A council report said: “Wyndham Park with its unique heritage features including post-WW1 memorial buildings, became the Town War Memorial Ground during 1924.

“With the capital works element of our Heritage Lottery-funded improvement project delivered during 2018, registration of the site as a Centenary Field is a natural progression, endorsed by the Wyndham Park Forum.

“By dedicating land through the Centenary Fields programme we can ensure that Wyndham Park is protected as a living remembrance to those who fought and lost their lives in World War 1."

SKDC applied for such status in 2015 and a draft deed of declaration has been prepared in anticipation of consent to proceed with registration.

The report also said land use does change and the site could only be replaced with a better and larger site in the same authority area.

It added: “The conditions restrict future use. The council must ensure that all its activities to be carried out in the future will comply with these conditions. The consent of the National Playing Fields Association will be required for the disposal of any land dedicated in this way.”

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