Future of Lydiard Park
The Ramblers regrets Swindon Borough Council’s decision not to proceed with the transfer of responsibility for Lydiard House and Park to the Lydiard Park Heritage Trust. Although the Council has committed to continue to look after the Park, the continuing year-on-year reductions to the Council’s overall budget, coupled with their poor track record of protecting other heritage assets (Mechanics Institute, Health Hydro) gives us great concern. The Friends of Lydiard Park (with the support of the Trust) had set out 11 “red lines” which must not be crossed, including the continuation of free public access to the Park, ongoing maintenance and repair of the House and Park and opposition to any developments within or close to the Park which would damage its essential setting. The Ramblers supports these red lines and will continue to closely monitor the Council’s actions regarding the Park.