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‘Friends Garden’ takeover moves another step closer

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OWNERSHIP of ‘The Friends Garden’ is one step closer to being in the hands of Melksham Town Council.

The future of the community space – located behind the former spiritualist church on King Street – has been at the centre of discussions between the town council and the trustees of the former spiritualist church, who own the space, since 2012.

However, at a town council meeting last week, councillors agreed to ask the council’s solicitor to proceed in acquiring ownership of the Friends Garden.

“I’m delighted that we have got to this stage,” said cllr Terri Welch.

Whilst it had been agreed in principle in July last year to take on ownership of the community space, councillors had asked for clarification about what their financial responsibility would be for the access road off King Street, which is shared with local residents.

Councillors were told at the meeting that access to the garden has been found by Wiltshire Council to be an “unclassified public highway”.

A report to councillors said, “Wiltshire Council, as the local highway authority, routinely inspects this lane for safety defects to ensure that it remains safe and passable. 

“There has been an alteration to the inspection regime recently and this unclassified road is now subject to an annual walked inspection rather than six monthly. 

“There is no duty upon the highway authority to improve a road’s condition, only to ensure it is safe and passable. Wiltshire Council demonstrates its compliance with that duty through its routine safety inspections, and its prompt assessment of any public concerns.”

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