Views sought on the future of Sandal Castle visitor centre

​Date: 02/02/2015

We are encouraging residents to have their say on the future of Sandal Castle's visitor centre.

The Council has drawn up plans to save £38m for the 2015/16 budget. As a part of the cost saving initial plans were to close the visitors centre to help save money.

New proposals have now been developed outlining plans to limit the seasonal opening times of the visitors centre. Under the new proposal the centre would open during its busiest times over 14 weekends between June and August from 12pm to 4pm. The plans also suggest the centre hosts a small number of events such as theatre and concerts each year, to generate more money.

Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: "We are facing tough times with government cuts and have to make savings. These proposals will help to close the gap in the budget for the upcoming year.

"We have saved £23m in this financial year and next year we face the challenge of saving another £38m. Unfortunately, difficult decisions need to be made but we believe that these proposals at Sandal Castle visitor centre offer the best option for its future."

The Council is hosting two public consultation sessions at the castle when visitors can discuss the proposals and give their opinions. These take place on Thursday 12 February from 2.30pm to 7.30pm and Saturday 28 February from 1pm to 3pm.

The cost saving proposal affects the visitor centre only – the rest of the site will remain open to the public.