Axe hanging over Cogges Manor Farm Museum
The axe is hanging above the Cogges Manor Farm Museum in Witney again.
Cogges Manor Farm Museum is the third biggest tourist attraction in West Oxfordshire behind the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Blenheim Palace.
The Witney and West Oxfordshire Gazette reports that West Oxfordshire District Council withdrew its annual funding contribution in April 2005 saying that the resource should be funded by the county council as the museum benefits the whole region, not just Witney.
This year the shortfall was offset by a one-off district council payment and an additional contribution raised in 1997 for the Manor House restoration. But Oxfordshire County Council will have to fund the subsidy itself from April 2006.
Various options have been outlined in a report on the future of the site including a £200,000 contribution from the county council, reduced opening from 6 days a week to 5 days, an opening season to the public of only six weeks in the summer or permanent closure of the farm.
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