SWINDON'S once vibrant leisure centre is a sorry sight, with police tape, boarded-up doors and windows and signs warning people not to trespass. 

The Oasis - which has attracted thousands to the town since it was built in 1976 - has been shut since November 2020 with no sign of it reopening.

Members of the public, including the Save Oasis Swindon campaign group, have raised concerns that the building's landlords - SevenCapital - have not been maintaining the site of the closed attraction. 

Members of Swindon's Labour group have organised a 'community day' of action to mark to mark the decade since the council-owned asset was handed to SevenCapital by the borough council on a 99-year lease.

Read: Community effort to help clear up the Oasis site this weekend 

As a result of these concerns and a number of well-documented break-ins, the Adver sent a reporter to have a look around the Oasis site and to see what security measures had been put in place - here is what we found:

There is a barrier blocking entry into the car park which is open during the day, but despite this, the car park bins are still overflowing with rubbish, and there is rubbish everywhere. 

Swindon Advertiser: Plants, graffiti and damage to the back of the OasisPlants, graffiti and damage to the back of the Oasis

The back of the building, where many would have queued to see a live band or musical act, looks drab, with graffiti and overgrowing plants, some of which can be seen growing from the roof.

The skate park has been abandoned but is still being used, opposite it is a compound building that people have evidently been climbing on as spray paint can be seen quite high up. Next to it are a number of shipping containers.

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After that the loading bay has been crudely blocked off by heras fencing and police tape, doors are boarded up and a bin store is full of undealt with rubbish. 

Swindon Advertiser: People had evidently gained access to the Oasis via this point beforePeople had evidently gained access to the Oasis via this point before

Swindon Advertiser: A bin compound full of rubbish and a bike rack full of plantsA bin compound full of rubbish and a bike rack full of plants

The football and tennis courts around the side are all locked, but people have cut holes in the fencing to gain access which have since been 'taped up' - signs are now up that say 'keep out not safe'. 

Swindon Advertiser: The unused football pitchesThe unused football pitches

Fences are up to stop people from going near the Domebusters flumes and the tower structure that houses them from the outside, both now forlorn-looking. 

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There was visible security on site, with a lone private security guard driving around. 

In a letter to the Save Oasis Swindon group, the council offered assurances that steps were being taken to secure the site and keep it maintained.

"We have no reason at present to consider pursuing Enforcement action as there is no apparent breach of planning," it added.