Wisbech businessman receives positive response to Bawsey plan

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Multi-million pound plans to transform Bawsey Pits have received a positive response.

Wisbech businessman Kevin Salter has reached a deal to buy the country park with current owners, Sibelco.

News broke on Friday of the project to improve facilities at Bawsey for locals along with creating holiday lodges.

Mr Salter said: “I have been extremely pleased with the response we have had. Sibelco is very pleased with the positive response we have had from virtually everyone.

“I think it is going to be a very exciting time going forward.”

The site is due to be developed in three phases with the introduction of managed and charged car parking, restaurant, adventure play area for children, tree top activities and a conservation and eco visitor centre.

Green holiday lodges and a small camping site are also part of the plan.

West Norfolk Council’s cabinet member for culture, tourism and marketing Elizabeth Nockolds said: “From the basic outline, it could be very good for Lynn. Tourism produces jobs which is good for the area but it is a well liked area by local people.”

But she has concerns about safety and traffic.

Although the park itself has remained open, due to planning conditions that require it, the car park has been closed following the deaths in 2013 of Ryan Pettengell, 41, of Lynn, and 16-year-old Umar Balogun.