Save East Lodge at Temple Newsam

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Leeds City Council are planning to put up for sale the East Lodge at Temple Newsam Park in Leeds. Currently the Lodge is unoccupied and needs refurbishment work on it. The lodge is one of a pair at the North Gate to the Park . The other Lodge, the West one, was refurbished several years ago and currently is a "service tenant property" owned by the council and the current tenant works on the Temple Newsam Estate. We, The Friends of Temple Newsam Park(FoTNP) believe this same rental structure should be retained for the East Lodge rather than it just be sold on the open market.

The East and West Lodges were designed by Sir Andrew Fountaine and were completed in 1742. The were incorporated in Capability Brown's 1762 master remodelling of the Estate. The entire Estate was sold in 1922 by Lord Halifax to create a public park for the citizens of Leeds. The Lodges are Grade 2 listed buildings.

The council claim that it would cost £50,000 to refurbish the Lodge and they do not have this money. We believe that this figure is exaggerated and significant savings can be made. In addition the FoTNP ,as a voluntary group, has access to grants that the council does not and we feel a solution can be found at little cost to the council

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