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Freehold Transfer of Finedon Recreation Ground, Toilets and Obelisk

Published Thursday, 11 March 2021

The Borough Council of Wellingborough has approved the freehold transfer of the Finedon recreation ground and toilets, and Obelisk, to Finedon Town Council.

The Borough Council of Wellingborough has approved the freehold transfer of the Finedon recreation ground and toilets, and Obelisk, to Finedon Town Council, under the council’s community asset transfer policy. This will enable the town council to invest in the recreation facilities and maintain the historic monument for the benefit of current and future residents.

The recreation ground is considered as important to the health and wellbeing of residents, and the Obelisk is of unique historical significance.

Councillor Martin Griffiths, Leader of the Council, said:

“I am proud that before vesting day of the new North Northamptonshire Unitary Authority on April 1, 2021, we have agreed to transfer these facilities to Finedon Town Council. There is no denying that the Obelisk is a monument that belongs to the people of Finedon in perpetuity.

“This is the latest of a number of Community Asset Transfers that the Council has completed, dating back to 2015 when Glamis Hall was successfully transferred to Glamis Hall for All.

“Sport and recreation are so important to people’s health and wellbeing. I am confident that the assets will be in very safe hands, and that residents and visitors to Finedon will benefit for many years to come.”

Terry Kendall-Torry, Chairman of Finedon Town Council, said:

“As part of Finedon Town Council’s rolling 5-year strategic plan, it is our intention to take a more direct responsibility for the public assets and amenities of Finedon. As a result of this policy Finedon Town Council has now taken ownership of Banks Park, the green, the war memorial, the cemetery and the pocket park/Tainty Field.

“With the addition of the recreation ground and Obelisk we will now have the opportunity to further develop the recreational and leisure facilities for the benefit of the people of Finedon.

"On behalf of Finedon Town Council I would like to thank the Borough Council of Wellingborough for their support in helping us achieve our goal.”