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  • Working in tight timescales to maintain public services in Devizes

    Background

    When Wiltshire Council reluctantly decided to cease funding some public services, including a number of community facilities in Devizes, Devizes Town Council wanted to ensure that their local community facilities continued to operate an uninterrupted service to the public and that the associated jobs were maintained. As a consequence ABD were asked to assist with the transfer of the facilities to the Town Council.

    Wiltshire Council had a fixed deadline date for closure of the facilities leaving a very tight window to make the necessary transfer arrangements.

    Solution

    In a very short timescale ABD worked tirelessly to deal with a number of complex provisions such as transfer of employment issues and protective mechanisms to ensure that the facilities would continue to be used for the benefit of the community in the future. As a consequence the transfer was completed on time, ensuring an uninterrupted service and enabling the Town Council to maintain effective services for the public in Devizes as well as securing ongoing employment for the staff.

    Jonathan Bailey, Head of Commercial at ABD commented;

    "I knew how important it was to Devizes Town Council and the local community that these facilities continued to be provided. Completing the transfer in such a tight timescale, whilst protecting the interests of the client, was an exciting challenge given the complexities involved. It’s very rewarding to know that our work has helped to ensure an uninterrupted service for the public and secured employment in the town.”

    Simon Fisher, Deputy Town Clerk at Devizes town Council commented;

    "We recognised the importance of taking on the facilities to ensure a continued service for the public. We also recognised that the transfer had a number of difficult issues that needed addressing and were very pleased that Jonathan was able to find a clear path through these issues in a short time. We have been using Awdry Bailey and Douglas as the Town Council’s solicitors for over 20 years. They know Devizes, they know the issues and they have genuine investment in the town. All these things are important to us.”


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