Request full details of the Higginson Park Trust and amendments to the Trust Deed since 1926

Mike Post made this Freedom of Information request to Wycombe District Council

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Dear Wycombe District Council,

It is my understanding that Higginson Park was given in Trust to the people of Marlow in 1926. In or about 1974, Marlow Urban District Council was abolished and its functions were taken over by Wycombe District Council.

Can you please list the amendments or variations that have been made to the Higginson Park Trust Deed since 1926 and account for any sales of the land or property associated with the Trust from 1926 to date.

Thank you

Yours faithfully,

Mike Post

Jane Barnett, Wycombe District Council

Dear Mr Post

I am writing in connection with your request for information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 regarding Higginson Park Trust, which I
received 26 April 2011.

I have forwarded your request for information to David Dongray, District
Solicitor. He will contact you shortly if he requires any additional
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Yours sincerely

Jane

Jane Barnett

PA to Head of Democratic, Legal and Policy Services

Wycombe District Council

Queen Victoria Road

High Wycombe

Buckinghamshire

HP11 1BB

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Jane Barnett, Wycombe District Council

Dear Mr Post

Thank you for your request for information dated 26 April and received on
26 April concerning the Higginson Park Trust.

This request is being handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I
can confirm that Wycombe District Council does hold information falling
within the description specified in your request. The land forming
Higginson Park/Court Garden was acquired by the Urban District Council of
Marlow in 1928 and we are not aware of any sales of any land or property
forming or associated with the Higginson Park Trust since that date.

The only possible alteration to any boundary that can be found occurred in
1930 when an Agreement was made between the Urban District Council of
Marlow and A C Dean which set out the agreed boundary between the property
of A C Dean (fronting Pound Lane) and Higginson Park/Court Gardens at the
rear.

As regards the Trust objects:- the original two Conveyances of 1928
provided that the land should be used as public pleasure gardens and for
games and recreation for the benefit of the Town of Marlow. In addition in
1955 the Higginson Park Society Limited conveyed the freehold of Court
Garden House to the Urban District Council of Marlow for use for
recreational purposes. The land passed to Wycombe District Council for
management and administration under the Local Government reorganisation of
1974. Thereafter Wycombe District Council contacted the Charity
Commission and on the 19th of January 1982 the Charity Commission approved
a scheme entitled the Higginson Park Charity.

The objects of the Charity are set out below and have remained as set up
in 1982 and reflect the original objects of the Conveyances referred to in
the paragraph above.

`The provision and maintenance for the benefit of the inhabitants of the
District of Wycombe with particular regard for the inhabitants of the Town
of Marlow of a Public park, ornamental gardens and recreation ground with
such facilities for physical exercise, training, lectures, classes and
other forms of recreation or leisure-time occupation in the interests of
social welfare with the object of improving the conditions of life for the
said inhabitants as the Trustee shall from time to time think fit.'

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Yours sincerely

David Dongray

District Solicitor

Wycombe District Council

Queen Victoria Road

High Wycombe

Buckinghamshire

HP11 1BB

Direct line: 01494 421251

Fax: 01494 461292

E mail: [1][email address]

Find our latest news at:

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Dear Jane Barnett,

Many thanks for the information you have provided. My apologies for being so slow to thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Mike Post