The first bill from Swindon Borough Council to Forefront Estates for undertaking Urgent Works at the Mechanics’ Institution has so far been unpaid. Approximately £400,000 in work undertaken by the Council has been invoiced to the owner but the Trust believes the final bill could be significantly higher once the Urgent Works are finished.
Trust Chair Daniel Rose said “The Trust welcomes Swindon Borough Council undertaking this Urgent Work but feel strongly that the Council should of acted much earlier, in particular back in 2002 when the original Urgent Works Notice was drawn up but never served. What is important now however is that the Council enter into constructive dialogue with the Trust to resolve this situation to a positive conclusion’.
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