The Parish Council has received confirmation that their planning application was granted this week which enables them to erect a Grounds Maintenance Facility comprising workshops offices and parking at Blunsdon Road Allotment Gardens, Blunsdon Road, Haydon Wick.
This development represents a significant opportunity for the Parish Council to provide a professional base for its Parks & Open Spaces service.
Since Swindon Borough Council devolved grounds maintenance services to the Parish Council in 2017 the size of the Council’s in-house Parks & Open Spaces Team has increased. Subsequently the scale of the operation has influenced the size of the Grounds Maintenance Facility required to house a team and their equipment adequately.
For numerous years, the Parish Council has had a temporary arrangement at the Goodearl Allotment site. The Parks & Open Spaces service has grown significantly since 2017, providing enhanced grounds maintenance service and the large-scale operations needed a fit for purpose environment in which to operate.
The Parish Council is responsible for the upkeep of 24 play areas and open spaces in the parish. With 11 team members the Parks & Open Spaces Team (POST) is responsible for litter picking, dog bin emptying, fixing, recycling and installing play equipment, graffiti removal, grass cutting, hedge and shrub cutting and just about anything that is needed to keep the parish looking green, clean and tidy.
The new Facility’s final designs will be in keeping with the natural surroundings, be sourced from environmentally friendly materials, and overall a tidier and aesthetically pleasing looking facility than the current collection of temporary shipping containers.