Vow that Croft Fields and library are safe

Old Town councillor Nadine Watts, handing a petition for Croft Fields to Swindon Mayor Teresa Page

Old Town councillor Nadine Watts, handing a petition for Croft Fields to Swindon Mayor Teresa Page

First published in News

THE company set to take over the town’s leisure facilities has moved to reassure residents concerned about the future of some sites.

One of the facilities which has been causing a great deal of concern is the Croft Fields.

There has been a big public campaign to remove the fields from the leisure lease to ensure it remains in public use.

A petition with 1,600 signatures was given to the council earlier this year calling for the change but it remained part of the deal.

However, a spokesman for Greenwich Leisure Limited has categorically denied there are any plans to reduce people’s access.

Chris Symons, the company’s director of development, said: “There are absolutely no plans to stop people having access to the Croft Fields, as they are a public space.

“We are not intending to put up any fence. It would make absolutely no sense for us to spend thousands of pounds putting up a fence.

“I understand people’s concerns but we are not a development company or anything like that.

“I also want to say that there are no plans to introduce charges to the car park.

“At this stage the contract is not signed so we cannot talk to third parties but it is our intention to work with the Croft School.

“Their peak times will be different from ours, so I am sure we can work together.”

Another source of contention has been the future of the West Swindon Library, which is located in the Link Centre.

Fears had been raised that it might need to find a new home but, while it will still be run by the council, it will remain in the Link Centre, albeit in a different part of the building.

“GLL have 26 libraries on its portfolio so we understand their importance within the community,” said Mr Symons.

“The West Swindon Library will remain in West Swindon, but it will continue to be run by the local authority. It is not part of the lease.

“It will likely be moving to another part of the centre but at this stage I can’t say where, as talks are still going on.

“It may be the new place means it is can open for longer hours with more services.”

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9:57am Fri 29 Aug 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

Nadine Watts is a great councillor, and totty
Nadine Watts is a great councillor, and totty Ollie Dognacky
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10:56am Fri 29 Aug 14

Old Town Comment says...

I cannot dismiss this comment. It is good news and should be taken at face value. BUT if this is the case, then why would SBC refuse to put the stipulations in the contract. Surely if GLL wanted to run the area in this manner it would make no difference to the commercial terms??
It is great that GLL see the area this way, but what if they are taken over or their financial pressures or personnel change. It would be better to have contractual certainty, not just good will.
I cannot dismiss this comment. It is good news and should be taken at face value. BUT if this is the case, then why would SBC refuse to put the stipulations in the contract. Surely if GLL wanted to run the area in this manner it would make no difference to the commercial terms?? It is great that GLL see the area this way, but what if they are taken over or their financial pressures or personnel change. It would be better to have contractual certainty, not just good will. Old Town Comment
  • Score: 3

7:15pm Sun 31 Aug 14

trolley dolley says...

Old Town Comment wrote:
I cannot dismiss this comment. It is good news and should be taken at face value. BUT if this is the case, then why would SBC refuse to put the stipulations in the contract. Surely if GLL wanted to run the area in this manner it would make no difference to the commercial terms??
It is great that GLL see the area this way, but what if they are taken over or their financial pressures or personnel change. It would be better to have contractual certainty, not just good will.
Old Town Comment has a fair point, I would not feel too happy without a contractual arrangement.

It is good to see at least one councillor involved in this, it is a pity not to see the same interest shown by other councillors with Avaries tip fire.
[quote][p][bold]Old Town Comment[/bold] wrote: I cannot dismiss this comment. It is good news and should be taken at face value. BUT if this is the case, then why would SBC refuse to put the stipulations in the contract. Surely if GLL wanted to run the area in this manner it would make no difference to the commercial terms?? It is great that GLL see the area this way, but what if they are taken over or their financial pressures or personnel change. It would be better to have contractual certainty, not just good will.[/p][/quote]Old Town Comment has a fair point, I would not feel too happy without a contractual arrangement. It is good to see at least one councillor involved in this, it is a pity not to see the same interest shown by other councillors with Avaries tip fire. trolley dolley
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