Tourists to Cirencester Park will be charged from next month for the first time in 329 years – after Countess Bathurst publicly distanced herself from controversial move amid ‘worst online bullying I’ve ever experienced’

titeduvn

Tourists visiting the grounds of Lord Bathurst¿s Cirencester Park (pictured) will have to pay an entrance fee for the first time in 329 years from next month

Tourists visiting the grounds of Lord Bathurst’s Cirencester Park will have to pay an entrance fee for the first time in 329 years from next month.

The estate in Gloucestershire – run by the Bathursts since 1695 – will demand non-local visitors pay for a pass to access its stunning grounds after installing electronic gates on the routes in.

Earl Bathurst, known as Lord Apsley until his father’s death in 2011, is a keen conservationist who has campaigned to preserve the countryside and historic buildings.

He told The Telegraph the move will support restoration and maintenance work and said that he is ‘delighted to continue to share Cirencester Park with the local community and visitors to the area’.

But the decision – which critics have said will deter visitors – hasn’t been without its controversy; Countess Bathurst launched an extraordinary tirade against her own estate manager after getting drawn into the row with locals over the plans.

Tourists visiting the grounds of Lord Bathurst’s Cirencester Park (pictured) will have to pay an entrance fee for the first time in 329 years from next month

Lady Bathhurst said that she had received ‘some of the worst online bullying and libellous claims’ she had ever experienced from villagers in Cirencester after she explained the new initiative on Facebook. 

She said she was being falsely credited with the move and had been on the receiving end of ‘upsetting bullying’ on social media as a result. 

‘The blame is now being placed at my door, and I cannot allow that to happen and I’m getting scant support from the estate office who seem to be perfectly happy for me to shoulder the blame, so I shall have to fight my own battles,’ Lady Bathurst said in a Facebook post in 2021.

See also  Nick Knowles' fiancée Katie Dadzie, 33, shows off her incredible figure in daring display as she strips down to model sheer thong lingerie sets

‘If truth be told, they were also not my choice and I have been very unhappy about it — but the decision was made and as I have no say in the management of the estate, there was nothing I could do. 

‘I am uncomfortable with the growing belief that this is all my doing. It is not,’ the Countess continued. She then passed the buck squarely on to her estate manager at the time.

A spokesperson for the Bathurst Estate told the publication: ‘The Bathurst Estate is committed to improving the visitor experience within Cirencester Park with the provision of new facilities, information points, family-friendly spaces such as a children’s play area and the picnic arboretum at The Old Kennels, while retaining the character of a Grade I-listed parkland.

‘The management and maintenance of estates and private parklands is ever evolving, with landowners embracing new ways to ensure continuity in their conservation and preservation works; Cirencester Park is no different.

The Countess of Bathurst (pictured with her husband the Earl of Bathurst) had previously said she was being 'falsely' credited with the move to introduce a charge at Cirencester Park

The Countess of Bathurst (pictured with her husband the Earl of Bathurst) had previously said she was being ‘falsely’ credited with the move to introduce a charge at Cirencester Park 

‘The introduction of passes will support this, as well as the work of those employed to ensure the park is safe, that pathways are well-maintained and visitor areas are clean, interesting and enjoyable.’

Visitors will need to purchase the passes from March 15, with an individual Cirencester Park Annual Pass costing £30. 

A Day Pass will be priced at £4 for adults and £2 for children. Local residents can claim a Cirencester Park Community Pass.

See also  First Flight From Ahmedabad To Ayodhya By Ram And Sita-Dressed Passengers

Reportedly worth £45 million, the estate sprawls over 15,500 acres of countryside which claims to enclose the principal source of the River Thames. 

Following news of the initiative, Andrew Hodges, who lives in Stratton, objected to the move and said carrying a keycard to access the park would be a ‘inconvenience’, The Times reported in 2021.

Meanwhile local Jeanette Jefferies said that charging some tourists was a ‘mean-spirited decision’.

Lady Bathurst’s stepmother–in-law the late Dowager Countess famously infuriated locals in 2013 when she evicted doctors and nurses from Cirencester Hospital’s free car park — she owned the land on which it stood — and turned it into a pay and display. 

Categories: Trending
Source: tit.edu.vn

Leave a Comment