Thursday, January 10, 2008

Conservatives support Nonsuch Mansion

Nonsuch Mansion plays a vital role in the Heritage of the Borough. Sited in Nonsuch Park, Cheam it is administered by a joint committee comprising of councillors from Sutton, Kingston and Surrey Councils. There has been considerable doubt as to its future for a number of years, with Surrey County Council as the owners, the final arbiters.

Recently, the Local Committee for that area under the chairmanship of Graham Whitham agreed an urgent motion supporting the retention of Nonsuch Mansion and its adjacent parkland for public use and access. This attracted the support of Sutton Council's Executive.

Graham Whitham, also a Cheam ward Councillor, attended a public meeting in Ewell where he conveyed both the Committee's and the Council's backing for the campaign to keep the Mansion in public use. The support was welcomed and we are continuing to push for this valued local amenity to be kept within public use rather than be surrendered to private development.


Worcester Park said...

Let's hope that Nonsuch Mansion is saved for the local public. To see it fall into private hands would be a tragedy.

The Brinkster said...

"It [Nonsuch Palace] returned to royal hands in the 1590s, and remained royal property until 1670, when Charles II gave it to his mistress, Barbara, Countess of Castlemaine. She had it demolished from 1682 onwards. The reason for this was that she needed to raise money to pay her gambling debts." -

Let's ensure the mansion doesn't suffer the same fate as the Palace although the similarity of the Councils' policies to the Countess' are striking!!

Anonymous said...

So Barbara, Countess of Castlemaine flogged it off so she could keep the bookies happy?

For heaven sake don't sell it to Gavin, Duke of Carlsberg, you'll end up with a housing estate!