7pm. Lydiard Park Academy, Grange Park Way, Swindon SN5 6HN
Since October the Friends of Lydiard Park have conducted a campaign to save the House and Park from the chance it might be transferred by Swindon Borough Council to a private sector operator. An online petition at Change.org has already been signed by well on the way to 7,500 people who oppose the council’s plans.
The public meeting being organised by the Friends of Lydiard Park, to which councillors from all political parties have been invited, is an opportunity for people concerned with the future of the park to hear of latest developments with regard to negotiations with the council. The Friends are working with and supporting a group of Swindon Council staff who have expressed interest in running the house and park under the umbrella of a community trust.
Friends chairman Mike Bowden said: “We hope you will come along to listen, contribute and show your support for a positive future for the House and Park.”
1 Any arrangement that would cause harm or loss to the significance of and historical importance of Lydiard House and Park.
2 Any situation that involves the closure or a reduction in free access to the Park and grounds by the general public.
3 Any situation that involves the closure or a reduction in access to the Lydiard House Museum and Walled Garden by the general public.
4 Any destruction of the historic landscape and structures within the Park which were restored as part of the £5.1m Heritage Lottery Fund Project.
5 Any arrangement which would harm, disperse, or sell any part of the historic Lydiard House Museum collections, including such items as paintings, artefacts, archives, and furnishings.
6 Any arrangement that does not address the on-going maintenance and repair of the House and Park.
7 Any arrangement that would involve the sale or sub-letting of the Park and Lydiard House Museum.
8 Any arrangement that significantly contradicts the long term plans for Lydiard Park submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2005.
9 No binding decisions on the future of Lydiard House and Park to be made without full and transparent compliance with Swindon Borough Council’s recently established Consultation Policy.
10 No decisions should be taken regarding the future of Lydiard House and Park until the accounts have been properly audited and corrected.
11 Any arrangement or outcome that results in the construction of, or planning application for, an hotel or any other substantial building, multi-storey or otherwise, on land within the Grade II listed Lydiard Park or its essential setting, as defined in the Heritage Lottery Fund documentation.
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