After SwindonLink exclusively reported that the dancing fountains at North Swindon District Centre could be turned off because they are too expensive to maintain, we can reveal that a programme of remedial work will start in early Spring.
The much loved attraction, which cost £500,000 to build, has been bedevilled by technical problems since they were installed five years ago, shortly after the centre opened.
Julian Leggett, right, who was responsible for maintaining the fountains said, “the pumping equipment was never up to the job and has largely been replaced, but the great problem has been the loss of water from the site. We were losing around 1,000 litres of water an hour; it was just disappearing. The pipework has been checked thoroughly and we have concluded that the force of the water has washed away the grouting in the run off channels underneath and soaked into the surrounding soil.
“Work to regrout the site in the Spring has been authorised and we hope to have the fountains back in action by the summer.”
He added that the cost of maintaining the public areas of district centre, including the fountains, is shared between Asda Walmart and the other tenants on the site.