Camping could be on the cards at West Stow Country Park

Anglo Saxon recreation at West Stow ENGANL00120111025165722
Anglo Saxon recreation at West Stow ENGANL00120111025165722

St Edmundsbury Borough Council is looking to make West Stow Country Park more appealing and one way could be by creating a camping and caravan site there.

The council is holding a market engagement exercise to guage interest in how the 125 acre site can improve its income and appeal.

Home to a re-created Anglo Saxon village built on the footings of the original buildings it provides a country park and historical interaction for the 100,000 visitors who go there each year.

One idea being considered would be a camping and caravan facility and the council is applying for planning permission if a business partner can be found to pursue the venture.

The council wants to discuss ideas with community and voluntary groups as well as commercial operators to see what additional services or facilities could be offered to the public.

Cllr Sarah Stamp, cabinet member for leisure, culture and heritage, said: “We are striving to be more commercial and are looking across the board for new ways to increase income by exploring opportunities to work with commercial or community partners.

”That in turn will go some way towards offering greater protection for the facilities and services we know people value, and to the tax payer in terms of the amount they pay.

”This will hoipefully create new jobs and add value to our wonderful Green Flag award winning country park.”

Anyone interested in discussing a leisure proposal for West Stow Country Park should go to west stow consultation or contact richard.hartley@westsuffolk.gov.uk or phone 01284 757055.

The consultation r8uns until February 9.