Chartridge Issue Redundancy Notices to all staff
10 January 2018
We have learned today that Chartridge have announced their intention to terminate their lease of the Conference Centre by April.
The trustees of the Lydiard Park Heritage Trust are saddened to hear that staff at Lydiard Park Conference Centre have received redundancy notices from their employer, The Chartridge Conference Company Ltd. These are worrying times for the hardworking and loyal members of staff and we feel for them.
All relevant parties have known that the Chartridge Conference Centre business has been on a downward trend for some time. Indeed the extension of the due diligence period, between ourselves and Swindon Borough Council, is in part due to uncertainty regarding the future of the conference centre.
We fear that Lydiard House itself would be at grave risk if the conference centre were to be left unoccupied for even a short period of time. The conference centre should be providing vital income to support the running of the House and Park. We therefore trust that Swindon Council has a contingency plan in place and that they, as owners of the building, will take steps to ensure that a way is found to keep the conference centre open for business.