The owner of Moulton Park is being asked to defer its sale deadline following calls from residents who want to see it bought by Moulton Parish Council or a consortium of villagers.
For sale boards appeared at the park a week ago, which led the parish council to hold a public meeting in the village hall on Tuesday night.
Around 70 people attended, giving support to a number of suggestions.
These included the parish council buying the land and:
• restricting public access to a play area and letting the rest for grazing
• having a play area and giving support to limited residential development
The meeting heard the site of more than 23 acres is for sale by tender with a guide price of £250,000, but the clock is ticking with a deadline of December 18.
Coun Eddy Poll said purchase by the parish council would add £10 a year to the parish precept for every household in the Moultons.
Following the public meeting, Moulton Parish Council met and agreed to approach Ashley King to ask for an extension of the sale deadline so funds can be raised to pursue purchase. It wasn’t clear whether the park belongs to Mr King or one of his companies.
The council will discuss the issue again on Monday, but members have ruled out seeking a loan in the short time available to buy the park outright as a council.
It was agreed the council should make money available as a member of a consortium if sufficient funds are pledged. It was also agreed the council would ask Moulton Poor Trust if it would be prepared to buy the park and lease part of it to the council for a play area.
Moulton resident Andrew Malkin said the for sale signs had taken everyone by surprise.
He said: “The parish council has the civic and moral responsibility to pursue this with all they can muster. There was a clear and overwhelming show of support from the meeting for full public access to the park as a village amenity with a play area for children.”