A DRAFT long-term lease to enable parish councillors to take over the management of a public space in Oxenhope has been approved.

The document was presented to Oxenhope Parish councillors by Cllr Peter McManus, as part of the asset transfer process for Oxenhope Rose Garden.

The garden, at the junction of Station Road and Hebden Bridge Road, is owned by Bradford Council. But the parish council, backed by a volunteer friends group, has begun an ambitious programme of replanting and other improvements, designed to regenerate the area.

The lease would formally allow the parish council to take on the Rose Garden’s management for a 99-year period in exchange for a peppercorn rent.

Cllr McManus said: “This is a standard lease for 99 years and I’m happy with it. I believe we should be able to agree it with Bradford Council.”

The parish council voted in favour of instructing their solicitors to complete signing off the lease with the district council.

At the same meeting, parish councillors were reminded their application for £9,672 worth of funding to enhance the Rose Garden had been successful. The money is coming from the Ovenden Wind Farm Fund.