Lodge sale prompts car concerns
THE harmony of park life in Swansea has been upset after a lodge was put on the market.
The Friends of Brynmill Park are upset that the council has decided to sell the amenity's Victorian lodge.
While claiming that the sale would devalue the park they have fought hard to preserve, they also say that there has been an increase in illegal traffic into the park since the property was placed on the market — making it potentially dangerous for children.
Peter May, chairman of the Friends of Brynmill Park said: "There was complete chaos with people driving into the park to see the lodge."
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Friday, May 31 2013
On the actual sale he added: "My concern is that not only is this a stupid idea, but I believe it would mean repayment of some of the £1.3 million grant provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to restore the park in 2007 as they have breached a condition.
"I have alerted the HLF who have confirmed that if the council sells the lodge, there will be a possibility of claw-back from the grant. I hope that they formally make the council aware of my complaint putting a stop to the sale.
"Also in my discussions, the HLF pointed out that an application could be made for a grant to renovate the lodge.
"I would hope that the council would apply for such a grant and could work in partnership with the Friends to deliver it.
"They would definitely have the backing of the community if they followed that path. Possible ideas for the renovation could be a museum, tearoom and extra toilet facilities.
"It could also take on some of the functions of the Discovery Centre to increase overall capacity for our popular park."
A Swansea Council spokesman said: "The lodge at Brynmill Park has been identified as surplus to requirements as part of our asset disposal programme. It's been put up for sale to gauge the level of interest in the property.
"Discussions will take place with interested parties on the final terms of the sale once this process is complete to enable a final decision. Money generated from the sale would be reinvested in vital frontline services.
"Vehicles can only enter the park with prior permission. We've spoken to the estate agent acting on our behalf and have asked them to remind people to leave their vehicles outside the park when viewing the property.
"We've also asked park staff to monitor the situation."
Swansea estate agents Dawson's has advertised the "unique opportunity to acquire a detached traditional dwelling set in the surroundings of Brynmill Park" online
It says the three bedroom home is in need of refurbishment throughout.
The council is open to offers in excess of £60,000.