Haydon Wick Parish Council has announced exciting plans to support the delivery of their parks and open spaces service with the redevelopment of their existing facility, to enable continued high standards of outdoor spaces maintenance.
The Parish Council’s in-house Parks & Open Spaces (POS) service has increased significantly since 2017, when Swindon Borough Council devolved the responsibility to the Parish Council. As the scale of operation has grown, so has the necessity to improve the temporary service arrangement. The proposed regenerated facility, pending the outcome of planning permission, is to be built at Goodearl Leisure Gardens, home of the current temporary site, and will replace the temporary shipping containers arrangement.
Councillor Richard Hailstone, Chair of the Council’s Parks & Open Spaces Committee had this to say regarding the location of the improved facility:
“Over the past 18 months we have undertaken a feasibility study to find a suitable location for the facility. Due to Goodearl site being at the centre of our parish, close to all amenities and our office we would like to remain on the current site and make this our permanent home for our facility”.
Councillor Steve Heyes, Vice Chairman of the Parks & Open Spaces Committee said of the project: “It is a great opportunity to equip our team with a modern work base from which to deliver our services to the parish to the best standard we can. We will be proud to develop one of the most environmentally friendly sites in the area demonstrating that we really do care for the environment in which we all live”.
The facility will be sympathetic to its natural surroundings, use environmentally friendly materials, and will enable increased functionality for the service provision. The Council has also prioritised ensuring the redeveloped site is a long-term sustainable facility, and will include environmentally friendly energy conversion methods, and an electric vehicle charging unit.