THERE are fears for the future of Browns Golf Course and Cafe in Sandown as the Isle of Wight Council's plans progress for neighbouring Dinosaur Isle.

Since 2017, the local authority has been speaking to bidders keen to take on the successful attraction on Yaverland Road.

The council says it wants to make the museum sustainable and it has asked potential new partners to consider Culver Parade as whole.

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Dinosaur Isle sits next to the popular family-run Browns Golf Course and Cafe.

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The Isle of Wight Council says it has asked those interested in running Dinosaur Isle to explain how their bids will regenerate Culver Parade.

An Isle of Wight Council spokesperson said: “The procurement exercise the council is undertaking is focused on the Dinosaur Isle site and securing a sustainable future for the collection and the museum facility.

"Bidders were asked how their proposals might support the wider regeneration of the Culver Parade area.

"The exercise is being operated as a dialogue with interested parties and any requests by bidders to extend the scope of the project would need to take full account of any existing or historic uses in the area.

"The dialogue discussions with bidders need to remain confidential until a preferred partner is identified and with their agreement further detailed discussions, potentially involving other stakeholders, can take place before a final agreement is reached."

Isle of Wight County Press: Browns Golf Course on Yaverland seafrontBrowns Golf Course on Yaverland seafront

Browns told the County Press that it did not wish to comment at this stage.

The Island is a well-known destination for dinosaur-fans.

In January, crumbling cliffs at Brighstone saw a fossilised iguanodon tail exposed.

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