Thursday, January 7, 2016

Breaking news ...

For those of you who may have missed this item, which appeared on the Swindon Advertiser website yesterday afternoon, SBC has agreed to debate the Lydiard House and Park issue at the next council meeting.

'There will be a debate surrounding the future of Lydiard House and Park at the next council meeting, despite a petition with 8,000 signatures not meeting the necessary requirements to trigger one.

Swindon Borough Council are looking at leasing the popular site as a cost saving measure despite strong protests from residents.

Thousands of people signed a petition calling for the move to be stopped, comfortably passing the 1,500 normally needed to trigger a debate at full council.

However, the signatories need to live within the borough and because the petition, set up on Change.org could not prove this, it did not qualify.

But Council Leader David Renard (Con, Haydon Wick) says he recognises the level of interest in the issue and a motion on the proposals will be tabled at the next council meeting, with wording to be decided, so a debate can be had....' 

Read the article here.

This morning the number of signatures on the Friends of Lydiard Park petition stands at 8,039.

Behind Closed Doors offers a series of fascinating talks and tours taking place from January to March while Lydiard House is closed. For further information visit the Friends of Lydiard Park website.

All the events are free but spaces are limited. Please telephone Charlotte Thwaites on 01793 465277 or email CThwaites@swindon.gov.uk to book a place.


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