The leader of Nottingham City Council on the news today that the Trust which operates the castle is moving into liquidation.
Leader of Nottingham City Council, Cllr David Mellen said:
‘The announcement today from Nottingham Castle Trust that it is in the process of appointing liquidators and closing the site to hand back to the council is hugely disappointing and a significant blow for the city and its visitor economy.
‘Our immediate priority is to work with the appointed liquidators to safeguard the site and its collections while it is not operational and to support staff at the Castle affected.
‘We appreciate the significant efforts they put into the site and understand how devastated they must be by this news.
‘We will re-open the castle as soon as possible.
‘Once we have a clearer picture from the liquidators, we will explore all available options together with our key partners The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England and others to develop a fresh business model.
‘There is a real commitment from all parties to see this important cultural asset fulfil its full potential for the city and the wider region as a successful visitor attraction, playing a key part in our wider plans to bring investment, jobs, visitors and growth to Nottingham and its residents.’