Warminster Town Council Celebrates Taking Over Ownership Of The Lake Pleasure Grounds (Town Park)

Monday 12th December 2016:

Left to right: David Prior (Trustee and in charge 
of bookings, Town Park Community Centre); 
Pete Owen (1st Warminster Scout Group leader); 
Cllr Sue Fraser (Warminster Town Council (WTC));
Adrian Hampton (Head of Local Highways, 
Parking Services and Streetscene, Wiltshire Council); 
Andy Smith (General Manager, idverde Group); 
Cllr Rob Fryer (WTC); Cllr George Jolley (WTC); 
Cllr Pip Ridout (Deputy Mayor, WTC); 
Stuart Legg (Direct Services Supervisor, WTC); 
Rob ‘Clive’ Fear (Park Keeper, idverde); Andy Samuel 
and Sally Burton (Wiltshire Council Youth Workers). 
Warminster Town Clerk, Heather Abernethie 
was also present.

Warminster Town Council celebrates taking over ownership of the Lake Pleasure Grounds (Town Park). 

Warminster Town Council was delighted to receive the news on Monday 21st November 2016 that the community asset transfer of the Warminster Lake Pleasure Grounds (Town Park) from Wiltshire Council to Warminster Town Council had finally taken place after a complicated legal process (because of the number of individual assets within the park). The ‘official’ handover took place on Monday 12th December 2016 with councillors and officers from Wiltshire Council and Warminster Town Council, plus representatives from idverde and the user groups, when they gathered at the bandstand to celebrate this momentous occasion.

The cooperation of Wiltshire Council in allowing improvement work to be undertaken during the interim period has been much appreciated, but now work can begin in earnest. Park users will no doubt have already encountered the Town Council’s Direct Services Supervisor, Stuart Legg, who is responsible for supervising the maintenance of all the Town Council’s outside spaces and can be found in the park most days. His irrepressible energy and enthusiasm have made their mark and the park has changed dramatically during the five months he has been in the post.

The contract for the maintenance of the park is held by idverde (previously The Landscape Group) whose contract with Wiltshire Council was novated to the Town Council as part of the asset transfer.

They have appointed Rob ‘Clive’ Fear as the new park keeper and he will be employed full time in the town park, ensuring standards are maintained and continue to improve.

The previous park keeper, Robbie Hervin, has now retired but will continue to live in the park keeper’s cottage and will be able to keep a watchful eye on what’s going on. Warminster Town Council is grateful for his support and his knowledge of the park has been invaluable during the handover.