ELSIE GATE FIELD was a piece of land that was taken into charitable ownership in the 1980’s in order to preserve it and prevent private developers from building on the site.
The charity established in 1985 to secure the preservation of the land was called the Hedon Preservation Society. Last year, the three surviving charitable trustees, Mr John Page, Mr John Bamford and Councillor Mr Neil Black, offered to transfer the site to Hedon Town Council.
Following debate amongst Councillors it was agreed that Hedon Town Council become the sole charitable trustee for the Hedon Preservation Society (which also has the working name of the Hedon Navigation Trust).
Hedon Town Council is now the sole Trustee of the charity and is responsible for Elsie Gate Field.
The Council is also a Trustee of the Painter’s Charity and, along with five other trustees, is responsible for the upkeep of the Painter’s Cottages on Souttergate.