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WILTSHIRE Council has agreed to transfer trusteeship of King George V playing field to Melksham Town Council.
The decision was made at the cabinet meeting last month, much to the delight of the mayor, cllr Adrienne Westbrook. However, she says that further discussions are needed regarding some ‘technical legal issues’ before the town council sign on the dotted line.
“We are over the moon,” she said. “But before we sign the agreement to become trustees of the land, there are a few things we need to discuss with the council. There needs to be a conversation about the derelict white building in the park, also a discussion about the pavilion and how that was originally paid for, and the leases currently held by Rivermead School and the Adventure Centre.
“Once these four issues have been resolved, Melksham Town Council can become trustees of the playing field and progress with plans to develop the space. One thing we are ready to get started on is providing the splash pad for the park.”
The town council is expected to meet with Wiltshire Council this week to discuss the issues raised.
Meanwhile, the town council and NVB Landscape, who have been appointed to design and oversee the creation of a master plan for the park, are still appealing to the public for their ideas for the park as part of their ongoing consultation.
A ‘mobile’ consultation board is travelling around the town visiting supermarkets and schools, giving residents young and old the chance to write down and submit their ideas.
To find out the location ‘mobile’ consultation, visit the Melksham Town Council Facebook page.