Nature park vision for woods

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A TOWN councillor wants to make her vision of a nature park in Bourne come to life.

Coun Helen Powell plans to add a Swiss chalet-style hotel, create a wide footpath, restore the Blind Well and landscape the area near Bourne Wood.

She said: “The plan is to preserve the area by the wood and keep it green. About 100,000 people use the wood every year.

“It’s a case of making that area more accessible by putting a wide footpath round the perimeter. We could landscape the area to try and encourage wildlife.”

Volunteer group, Friends of Bourne Wood, have opposed the plans, but Coun Powell believes confusion about the size and number of buildings on the site has given people the wrong impression.

Her plans were first proposed in 2008, and after South Kesteven District Council recently rejected the idea of housing development on the land, she has been encouraged further and is hopeful that landowners will warm to her proposal.

Coun Powell added: “I am more confident now the land has been rejected for housing. My plan would make the landowner money and attract a lot of people to Bourne.

“We now need to see if this can go forward and whether the landowners want to accept an alternative to housing. It is a win-win situation.”

Coun Powell plans to meet with district council officials to move her plans forward.