The Oasis will have a wave machine in the future if plans are approved, the council has confirmed.

The news was confirmed by Swindon Borough Council on Monday evening after days of anger after it emerged developers wanted to axe the iconic feature.

Damien Siviter, managing director of SevenCapital, said last week that the wave machine would not be part of the plans.

But following conversations with SBC, Mr Siviter has now confirmed he has reversed the decision.

The news was heralded by council leader Jim Robbins, who had previously taken to X, formerly known as Twitter, to say he and the authority had been "blindsided" by the news.

Cllr Robbins said on Monday: “The wave machine is an incredibly important part of the Oasis experience and has to be part of its future.

“I’m really pleased this element of the swimming pool has been safeguarded and look forward to seeing the joy it will bring families in the years to come.

“I would like to thank Mr Siviter for listening to the Council’s concerns and acting on them. It is crucial the new leisure centre is as sustainable as it can be, but not at the cost of foregoing what made the Oasis such a popular attraction in the first place.”

There was no news on the water cannons in the announcement, however, after Mr Siviter also said last week they would be scrapped.

Mr Siviter added: “We want to create a leisure centre Swindon can once again be proud of, but we also have to make sure running costs are not prohibitive to potential operators.

“We have to strike a balance between trying to make it as energy-efficient and sustainable as possible, while also keeping what made the Oasis so special in the first place.

“The Leader of the Council spoke incredibly passionately about the importance of the wave machine and, on reflection, we misjudged how much it was loved by local people.

“We can confirm, therefore, that the refurbished Oasis will contain a wave machine. We will make it work.”

Councillor Kevin Small, Swindon Borough Council’s cabinet member for finance, said: “The leisure centre created Swindon’s very own tropical paradise and was unique at the time.

"The wave machine was integral to that design and so I am delighted SevenCapital has recognised this and is committed to making it work.”

The agreement between SBC and SevenCapital must first be approved by the council's overview and scrutiny committee on Monday evening, before a planning application is also submitted and given the greenlight.