Maryon Wilson animal park a step closer to safety

Charlton Champion exclusive: Maryon Wilson Park’s animal centre is looking more secure after the foundation of a limited company, the first step in forming a trust to take over its management from Greenwich Council.

The threat to the centre’s future was first revealed by this website in December 2010, when the council revealed plans to cut its budget from this April.

Now a trust is on course to be set up from April, aiming to promote animal welfare and education alongside a visitor attraction. To help the trust get up and running, this website understands Greenwich Council is to keep the animal centre’s stockman working for at least another year.

The council is also actively seeking corporate sponsorship and looking at “adopt-an-animal” schemes.

“I am delighted that the positive work done by the steering group in recent months has got us to this position so quickly,” Greenwich Council’s cabinet member for culture, John Fahy, said.

“There are exciting plans for the centre and the board of trustees will be confirmed in the next couple of weeks. A fund raising strategy as been put in place and we are confident that the long term future of the centre.”

The trust will be able to access funds not available to the council, and may also establish membership schemes.

(Thanks to Rob at greenwich.co.uk for contributing to this story.)

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