Plans to transform a beauty sport in Royal Wootton Bassett have been scaled back after concerns from the local community.

Jubilee Lake is an area of ancient woodlands and flower-rich meadows located north east of the town, just over a mile from the High Street.

In 2007, Jubilee Lake was designated as a Local Nature Reserve.

Royal Wootton Bassett’s Town Council recently invited the views of local residents, schools and businesses for ideas on how to transform the lake.

The Have Your Say on Jubilee Lake questionnaire was available to download online between March 18 and April 23.

Ideas such as mini golf, boating on the lake, a ‘forest school’ and more were put forward.

The results of the survey were recently discussed by the town council.

The idea of introducing a car parking charge for everyone apart from those who live in Royal Wootton Bassett was vetoed by both students and residents with 96 in favour and 176 against.

Steve Walls, mayor of Royal Wootton Bassett, explained that some of the plans were viable, but some were not going to be possible. Boats on the lake led to concerns.

He said: “There have been representations, from fishermen, those concerned about threats to the environment and wildlife, general members of the public that this was not appropriate.

“The council agreed that boating would not be introduced for the reasons detailed and were concerned over the viability of the project. Although there was some support expressed for the project the council agreed not to take this project forward.”

On installing car parking charges at the lake; it was agreed that car parking on all town council property would be reviewed not just at the lake and once the review had taken place a decision would be taken.

On mini-golf, Mr Walls said: “This was felt this could viable and desirable but the lake was not the correct place.

“There would be a review of other possible sites in the town and decision could be made once this review had taken place.”

Meanwhile the idea of a forest school was praised by the council.

But it was decided that more information needed to be brought forward before a decision was made.

Bob Philpott, from Royal Wootton Bassett Environmental Group, had been keen to protect the designated status of Jubilee Lake and that the site could be “destroyed” if plans were not realistic.