Coopers' Meadow Play Area - further response from Marian Hannaford-Dobson
First may I thank the Town Clerk for her very detailed explanation of the £23,746.00 that is ear marked for Coopers Meadow Playground. As she explains it apparently it is not a grant but was awarded three years ago as a Contribution towards Community Infrastructure to the town from a developer.
Surely the point is that this was free money given to the town that did not have to be extracted from the residents of the town in taxes. Why have the Council left it with Wiltshire for almost three years when the very play area it was destined for is in such run down and dilapidated state. It really beggars belief and one feels not very dynamic or speedy decision making by the Council.
I would like to make it clear that I in no way think that this problem is of Mrs Parker’s making, she is a very hard working and conscientious lady who is trying to defend her Councillors. Town Clerks do not make Council decisions Councillors do.
Mrs Parker’s letter goes on to say that the Council’s partners ARK have no objection to reducing the play area but an extract from the latest minute 337/17 of the Council on the 30th October 2017 states clearly “that ARK would be comfortable with a SLIGHT REDUCTION in the grazing area”.
Coopers Meadow was given to the residents of the Marlborough by Wiltshire Council. It belongs to the town and should be used to as amenity area for all residents. Why is ARK dictating terms and taking seventy five percent of the central meadow for just five sheep when the children’s play area is in such a disgusting mess? They do not own the meadow or any part of it. The new primary school is just a few hundred yards away from the meadow; surely the three hundred children that attend that school deserve to have enough space out of school to run around and have a decent size and state of the art play area.
Why do our Town Councillors seem to have given more priority to providing grazing for five sheep rather than using free grant money to update a much needed play area which our children and visitors deserve. The children are the town’s future so why three years after being awarded this money have the Town Council done absolutely nothing with it.
Former Mayor and resident of Marlborough
Town Councillor until May 2017