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Nonsuch Mansion – the saga ends, a new chapter begins

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Nonsuch Mansion Saga Draws to a Close
Sutton Guardian, Friday 8th May

The saga of the Nonsuch Mansion is coming to an end.

The Nonsuch Park joint management committee agreed at its meeting last week to sign a contract with a caterer subject to some last minute legal details being tied up. It means that the caterer could move into the mansion in June, guarantee that the cafe will be open during the summer period and start extended operations in September. When the legal details are sorted out it will be the conclusion of a long drawn out battle to keep the historic mansion house open to the public. Surrey County Council had a report drawn up that proposed turning the mansion into luxury flats or a hotel.

Both Sutton Council and Epsom and Ewell Borough Council supported by MPs and other campaigners fought the county council to keep the mansion available to the public. The aim was to offer a long term contract to a caterer who would invest in a revamp of the property to upgrade it and make it suitable for weddings and other major events. Paul Burstow, MP for Sutton and Cheam, one of the main campaigners to save the mansion, said: “This is good news for the park and mansion.

“In the current economic climate it is a vote of confidence in the future of the park that the contractor has signed up.

“I hope this will pave the way for some much needed investment in the mansion.”

Epsom Guardian - Nonsuch looks to the Future - May 14 2009

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