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We’re not making the most of park

Swindon Advertiser: Coate Water has fallen behind places like Lydiard Park in terms of overall investment Coate Water has fallen behind places like Lydiard Park in terms of overall investment

A CALL has been made for more money to be invested in Coate Water to take full advantage of a key Swindon asset.

Councillor Derique Montaut (Lab, Liden, Eldene and Park South) has said over the past decade that the reservoir and park have fallen behind places like Lydiard Park in terms of overall investment.

Council leaders have said they will consider the suggestion and that they want to invest in Coate Water.

Swindon Advertiser:

Coun Montaut, above, suggests possible options for the park which would help bring it up to the standard of the others.

He said: “In Swindon we have four country parks but Lydiard Park takes the bulk of the money. The only real money spent at Coate Water was in 2003 to build a children’s splash pool.

“We are simply not making the most of the park. It is one of the most historic places in the town and I really think we should be doing more with it. I am not calling for the commercialisation of the park but an education centre could make a big difference so we can engage young people and get them interested in the town’s history and heritage.”

He wants to see Section 106 money coming from the Commonhead housing development to be spent on the park, and if necessary an application for National Lottery funding.

Coun Montaut wants the council to ensure that all available cash. is used to improve the park.

“The funds used on the park do not have to come from the public purse,” he said.

“I have picked up that there is £1m of Section 106 money allocated for Coate Water and leisure with the Commonhead development.

“I want to see that money into the park. I do not want to see it go to waste by not being spent in time and therefore lost, as we have seen elsewhere.

“But we can also look into the possibility of a National Lottery grant.”

Council Leader David Renard (Con, Haydon Wick) said he wanted to invest in Coate Water, and welcomed any suggestions for the park.

He said: “We want to invest in Coate Water, and the Commonhead development will be making a contribution so we can do that. Coate Water is a great asset to the town and we want to improve it, so any opportunity to do so will be welcome.”

Coun Montaut has said he intends to move a motion to seek commitment on this issue at the next council meeting on April 3.

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7:04am Tue 25 Mar 14

gambon says...

the crazy golf course has not been updated in years and their is no windmill hole come on swindon let's make coate water create again with a new crazy golf course
the crazy golf course has not been updated in years and their is no windmill hole come on swindon let's make coate water create again with a new crazy golf course gambon
  • Score: 9

7:21am Tue 25 Mar 14

Al Smith says...

Remember back in the 60/70/80's when people could hire a boat and go around Coate Water? I've been to other towns and cities that still have boating lakes that seem very popular, SBC doesn't have to run it, give a concession to a company or social enterprise to do it.

Try buying some of the farmland nearby as well to act as a buffer from the inevitable future development nearby, with a larger population a bigger park would be needed as well.
Remember back in the 60/70/80's when people could hire a boat and go around Coate Water? I've been to other towns and cities that still have boating lakes that seem very popular, SBC doesn't have to run it, give a concession to a company or social enterprise to do it. Try buying some of the farmland nearby as well to act as a buffer from the inevitable future development nearby, with a larger population a bigger park would be needed as well. Al Smith
  • Score: 12

8:43am Tue 25 Mar 14

PaulD says...

an indication of why Coate Water is underused could be the fact that it doesn't have it's own website. Compare with www.lydiardpark.org.
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an indication of why Coate Water is underused could be the fact that it doesn't have it's own website. Compare with www.lydiardpark.org. uk PaulD
  • Score: 7

10:20am Tue 25 Mar 14

CocoaClown says...

The play park at Coate is poor compared to Lydiard or even some local play parks on housing developments. It is poorly designed, not much variety and fenced off with dodgy fences with nettles growing through (well it was last time we went). Lydiard attracts lots of families due to having a great play area as well as nice safe walks.
The play park at Coate is poor compared to Lydiard or even some local play parks on housing developments. It is poorly designed, not much variety and fenced off with dodgy fences with nettles growing through (well it was last time we went). Lydiard attracts lots of families due to having a great play area as well as nice safe walks. CocoaClown
  • Score: 6

12:20pm Tue 25 Mar 14

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

Al Smith wrote:
Remember back in the 60/70/80's when people could hire a boat and go around Coate Water? I've been to other towns and cities that still have boating lakes that seem very popular, SBC doesn't have to run it, give a concession to a company or social enterprise to do it.

Try buying some of the farmland nearby as well to act as a buffer from the inevitable future development nearby, with a larger population a bigger park would be needed as well.
No chance in buying the farm land, most of it will be owned by (or bought by) developers biding their time to build houses.
[quote][p][bold]Al Smith[/bold] wrote: Remember back in the 60/70/80's when people could hire a boat and go around Coate Water? I've been to other towns and cities that still have boating lakes that seem very popular, SBC doesn't have to run it, give a concession to a company or social enterprise to do it. Try buying some of the farmland nearby as well to act as a buffer from the inevitable future development nearby, with a larger population a bigger park would be needed as well.[/p][/quote]No chance in buying the farm land, most of it will be owned by (or bought by) developers biding their time to build houses. LordAshOfTheBrake
  • Score: 2

12:48pm Tue 25 Mar 14

BCDR99 says...

PaulD wrote:
an indication of why Coate Water is underused could be the fact that it doesn't have it's own website. Compare with www.lydiardpark.org.

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Underused? When the sun popped out and the gauge went above 15 degrees the other week, the place was packed. People were parking on Marlborough Road and walking in.
Every time I've been there in the last few years, it is busy. We tend to avoid it now as it's too busy so you can't really let small kids run around.
It's dated, yes. Underused - no. This is either another council vanity project or it's a sensible investment before it becomes underused to try and retain users - you decide.
[quote][p][bold]PaulD[/bold] wrote: an indication of why Coate Water is underused could be the fact that it doesn't have it's own website. Compare with www.lydiardpark.org. uk[/p][/quote]Underused? When the sun popped out and the gauge went above 15 degrees the other week, the place was packed. People were parking on Marlborough Road and walking in. Every time I've been there in the last few years, it is busy. We tend to avoid it now as it's too busy so you can't really let small kids run around. It's dated, yes. Underused - no. This is either another council vanity project or it's a sensible investment before it becomes underused to try and retain users - you decide. BCDR99
  • Score: 3

2:18pm Tue 25 Mar 14

ChannelX says...

There's no doubt that Coate Water has not be exploited to anything like it's true potential - but that will always be the case as long as its council owned and operated.

Everything will always be done to the bare minimum because nobody at the council cares if the place loses or makes money.

In fact, the best thing there is the miniature railway, largely because the council has little or nothing to do with it, and the only thing that makes money in the area is The Sun, which, again, the council has little or nothing to do with.

If people want Coate to become the destination attraction it surely could be, it'll have to become private/commercially operated first.
There's no doubt that Coate Water has not be exploited to anything like it's true potential - but that will always be the case as long as its council owned and operated. Everything will always be done to the bare minimum because nobody at the council cares if the place loses or makes money. In fact, the best thing there is the miniature railway, largely because the council has little or nothing to do with it, and the only thing that makes money in the area is The Sun, which, again, the council has little or nothing to do with. If people want Coate to become the destination attraction it surely could be, it'll have to become private/commercially operated first. ChannelX
  • Score: 0

2:51pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Al Smith says...

CocoaClown wrote:
The play park at Coate is poor compared to Lydiard or even some local play parks on housing developments. It is poorly designed, not much variety and fenced off with dodgy fences with nettles growing through (well it was last time we went). Lydiard attracts lots of families due to having a great play area as well as nice safe walks.
Compare the money that has been spend at Coate with that spent at Lydiard, there's a world of difference.

The amount of money and effort lavished upon Lydiard is one of the reasons people suspected that SBC wanted to sell or lease it.
[quote][p][bold]CocoaClown[/bold] wrote: The play park at Coate is poor compared to Lydiard or even some local play parks on housing developments. It is poorly designed, not much variety and fenced off with dodgy fences with nettles growing through (well it was last time we went). Lydiard attracts lots of families due to having a great play area as well as nice safe walks.[/p][/quote]Compare the money that has been spend at Coate with that spent at Lydiard, there's a world of difference. The amount of money and effort lavished upon Lydiard is one of the reasons people suspected that SBC wanted to sell or lease it. Al Smith
  • Score: 1

8:50pm Tue 25 Mar 14

supersaver says...

Update the shed that sells ice cream, staff do the best they can but a larger, up to date facility is surely needed.
Update the shed that sells ice cream, staff do the best they can but a larger, up to date facility is surely needed. supersaver
  • Score: 4

9:12pm Tue 25 Mar 14

LocalBob80 says...

Must be an election approaching
Must be an election approaching LocalBob80
  • Score: -2

11:46pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Eastern Badger says...

Borough Council were offered the 'buffer land' but turned it down and the developers got their housing on appeal. The park is disgracefully underfunded and as has been said, the 'water' element is under-used and not funded at all. It's a beautiful asset that deserves a bit of attention from the people who are in charge! The railway and footpath aroun the lake are real assets as well whilst the crazy golf is fun but terribly tatty.
Borough Council were offered the 'buffer land' but turned it down and the developers got their housing on appeal. The park is disgracefully underfunded and as has been said, the 'water' element is under-used and not funded at all. It's a beautiful asset that deserves a bit of attention from the people who are in charge! The railway and footpath aroun the lake are real assets as well whilst the crazy golf is fun but terribly tatty. Eastern Badger
  • Score: 4

12:35am Wed 26 Mar 14

madreeves says...

I don't think a heritage centre for Swindon is a good idea. Really, nobody is interested and it would be shot down as another waste of Council funds 2 years after it was built. It's a railway town so that's what the Railway Museum is for. More litter bins and some real investment in wildlife conservation would be good. You can have an education centre for that which is probably more important given everything around the park will eventually be concreted over.
I don't think a heritage centre for Swindon is a good idea. Really, nobody is interested and it would be shot down as another waste of Council funds 2 years after it was built. It's a railway town so that's what the Railway Museum is for. More litter bins and some real investment in wildlife conservation would be good. You can have an education centre for that which is probably more important given everything around the park will eventually be concreted over. madreeves
  • Score: 2

12:53am Wed 26 Mar 14

Davey Gravey says...

The Tories would rather flog it off than invest in it. Just like they are doing with neighbouring broome manor. Such a shame.
The Tories would rather flog it off than invest in it. Just like they are doing with neighbouring broome manor. Such a shame. Davey Gravey
  • Score: -2

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