Vicar Water car park donations to help support beauty spot

VISITORS to a Clipstone park can now make a voluntary car parking charge to support the beauty spot’s up-keep.

The pay and display scheme at Vicar Water Country Park was introduced this month by Newark & Sherwood District Council to ensure high standards at the park are maintained, despite the authority being forced to make cuts in spending.

Car users at the country park can choose to make a parking donation of £1 for a day or buy a season ticket for £20.

The council’s parks and amenities manager, Phil Beard, said: “No-one is under an obligation to make a donation because that is what it is - a voluntary donation to help with the park’s upkeep.

“All donations will be reinvested into the park. Those who are able to may wish to make a parking donation if they enjoy spending time in what is a lovely park, and would like to see it remain as such.”

The park has been accredited with the Green Flag for the past 11 years, and it is hoped income from the new scheme will help keep it as one of the best green spaces around.

The park, which was transformed from the site of a colliery spoil tip, is now covered in heathland, woods and grassland and gives visitors views across to Derbyshire and Lincolnshire.

Other schemes are to be introduced after the council’s cabinet decided to look at potential income to meet a shortfall in Government grants.