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Will park takeover benefits outweigh the costs?

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WESTBURY residents will be asked for their views on whether the town council should take on the ownership and management of Vivash Park from Wiltshire Council.

Members heard at their annual meeting last week that the town council was approached by Wiltshire Council to ask if it would take over the urban park. This was  outside of the wider project to transfer services and assets from Wiltshire Council to the town council.

The council has agreed to set up a task and finish group to look in close detail at the activities, costs and specialist support involved. The group will then make a recommendation to the town council in the summer. 

Town clerk, Deborah Urch said, “There is a great deal of work do in the coming months to understand if the benefits of owning the park outweigh the risk to the local taxpayer. For example, members can see the opportunities of owning Vivash Park such as nature trails and education, tree planting, wild flowers, picnic in the park and a myriad of different and exciting events. 

“But the cost might be too high. If the town council do decide to take over the park there is £225,600 in Section 106 monies that will transfer to the council for the upkeep and management of the park. 

“We will be asking the public for their views in the near future.”

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