Bracknell Forest Council considers sale of conference centre to raise cash

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Easthampstead Park conference centre and wedding venue could be sold as Bracknell Forest Council seeks to save money.

Auctioneers Christies is said to be examining the feasibility of selling the Berkshire council-owned wedding and conference centre as a going concern which reportedly costs the council £250k a year in subsidies.

Easthampstead Park hosts corporate events and is situated in 60 acres of woodland.

The mansion and grounds can host wedding parties for up to 100 guests. There is a wedding pavilion and the Downshire ballroom. There are 19 meeting rooms in all, able to cater from two to 180 delegates.

No decision on a sale is likely to be taken until April 2018 and councillor Peter Heydon, executive member for transformation and finance on the council, said any option for the site had to benefit the council, residents and Easthampstead Park Conference Centre itself.

“While it is premature to talk about any possible sale, the council is clear that as a listed building surrounded by ancient woodland there is absolutely no appetite to see it converted into homes,” said Heydon. “Likewise, the council would only ever consider options that see the site as a ‘going concern’, ensuring all current wedding and conference bookings are honoured to the same standard offered at the moment.”

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