asked questions (page 3 of 4)
Q7. What other new facilities will there be?
The hotel will also have a stunning new leisure club and spa which will be open to local people who apply for membership. These facilities will be accommodated where the stables are now, alongside new seminar and meeting areas, all open to local businesses and hotel guests.
In addition, the County Council has proposed, subject to agreed grant funding, a new Visitor Centre with rooms for schools and study groups, a café (with outside space for dog-walkers and their four-legged friends), WCs and Gardens staff rooms. The County Council proposes to use the large Nursery Gardens for horticultural educational purposes and they would be visible and accessible directly from the proposed Visitor Centre café. The old English Garden will be restored and will continue to provide a peaceful setting for enjoying the plants and for quiet contemplation as people wander round, or sit on the commemorative benches.
Under the Gardens project, we understand that the County Council also proposes a new playground for toddlers and older children.
Q8. Will the Council be selling the Estate?
The County Council will continue to own the Castle, the gardens and the Estate on behalf of local people. Highgate Sanctuary will only be granted a lease for the purposes of the provision of the hotel. The County Council will continue to be the freehold owner of the whole Estate.
Q9. Has the County Council abandoned its bid for lottery funding?
Derbyshire County Council has already received some grant funding from English Heritage towards the urgent repairs of some Garden structures, including the Golden Gates and the Moorish Temple. It anticipates applying for further grant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards the cost of repairs to the gardens. Highgate Sanctuary has pledged to add to any grant funding received.
Q10. What will happen to the cricket ground?
The cricket club and cricket ground will remain where they are now. Highgate Sanctuary supported the Club's proposal to extend the Ground into the field to the south in order to accommodate more adult and youth teams at this thriving club.
Q11. What will happen to the Riding School?
Under our plans, the stables would be used to provide new facilities for the hotel but the Kennels and most of the existing pasture land could remain in their existing use and riders would still be able to enjoy the existing bridleways.