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Town Council take over King George V playing field

WILTSHIRE Council has agreed to transfer trusteeship of KingGeorge 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 AdrienneWestbrook. 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 byRivermead 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.

One Response to Town Council take over King George V playing field

  1. Liz Allsworth

    September 18, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    This is great news for Melksham! As great Park can really bring people into Melksham. I think we could take inspiration from some of the better parks in and around Wiltshire. My children really enjoy John Coles park as the equipment in the park along with the cafe and the close proximity of the toilets to the facilities makes it really easy to enjoy for both parents and children. The open spaces for bikes and scooters, and a mixture of gardens if you want a nice place to sit. Other favours parks we love are Hillworthy Park and Alice park in Bath they both have good equipment and again clean toilets and a cafe close by so easy to manage children and enjoyed the park. The swings in the enclosed area of Melksham park needs some ordinary swings for slightly older kids. A tunnel slide wood be good and a decent round about like the one at Beanachre Park or as big at the one in Trowbrige Park. Feel as if someone needs to visit some parks with their kids and do some research on best equipment and get ideas.The landscaping in all these parks makes these really special.

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