A new trust has been set up to put forward a community bid for Lydiard House and Park.
The Lydiard Park Heritage Trust has been put together from members of Friends of Lydiard Park and other interested members of the Swindon community and it even has a high profile patron in the form of South Swindon MP Robert Buckland, pictured.
Mike Bowden, chair of Friends of Lydiard Park, said: “I am delighted to say that we have now created a not for profit charitable trust that will put in a bid to look after, cherish and preserve Lydiard House and Park.
“That trust is to be called Lydiard Park Heritage Trust and it has been created thanks to the efforts put in by the vast numbers of people who have supported our work so far.
“Work is now underway to identify the eight or nine people that will be the directors of that trust and I hope to be able to name these in the not too distant future but I am very pleased to be able to say that South Swindon MP Robert Buckland has already agreed to be the trust’s patron.
“We are all working very hard to put together the best possible bid and we remain very confident that in a fair world our bid will win the day.”
Organisations have from now until May to put in a bid with the council due to decide in June and the running of the park to be taken over in September.
Swindon Council is also planning to introduce parking charges at Lydiard and Coate Water over the summer and will be giving the winning bidder a reverse premium of £860,000 to take care of any work that needs doing.