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PLAYING FIELD COMMITTEE – UPDATE ON DEVELOPMENTS

We are very pleased to announce that a grant of £7,400 has been obtained from Awards For All. Together with a contribution of £1,100 from the Parish Council, this will be used to buy new play equipment, mainly for school age children, to be installed below the existing children’s playground area. Hopefully the new equipment will be in situ in August. The equipment is made by Playdale, which supplied the apparatus currently used by the younger children.

For every successful grant application there are usually at least 2 unsuccessful ones, so it does take time for the Committee to make major things happen. Our objective remains to deliver to the community as many of the targets in the 2008 Parish Plan as we can.

Recapping on progress to date. In late 2009 the power cables were buried underground making the recreational space safer for all to use and, since then, the hedge dividing the 2 fields was removed and a new wooden fence has now been erected in its place. The cost of all this work was fully funded by grant monies raised by Week St Mary Football Club as the Playing Field Committee (being part of a statutory body) cannot apply to certain grant providers. Last summer, the rubber covering on the children’s playground was removed and replaced by bark chippings. This was partly funded by the £250 prize for winning the 2009 Calor Cornwall Village of the Year competition with the remainder of £750 coming from the Parish Council’s recreational budget. Also, the Parish Council paid 50% towards the cost of youth shelters/”dug-outs” sited on the field by the football pitch

All costs for the construction of the new football pitch and the refurbishment of a cabin for use as changing rooms are being met entirely by the football club.

The Playing Field Committee’s plans for future possible developments include:

• Re-instating the dividing hedge on the bank behind the new wooden fence with beech and box;
• Removing much of the existing wooden fencing around the tennis court which is becoming increasingly dilapidated;
• Longer term, converting the tennis court into a multi-use games area (5-a-side football, basketball, netball, bowls area) at a cost of £30,000 to £50,000;
• Once the existing football pitch is vacated, making the top field more youth oriented, including a small sized football pitch;
• Extending the pathways around the site (cost £20,000+) ; and
• Establishing an environmental area, with seating, in the north-eastern corner of the site, below the new football pitch.

The Committee meets monthly and its members carry out regular Health & Safety checks on the playing fields and equipment on a rota basis. We do need more committee members, particularly parents who have children using the facilities so that one of the main user groups is better represented. Please contact Micheline Smith (341689) if you are interested or if you have any ideas to put forward about development of the playing fields.

Week St Mary Playing Field Committee, June 2011

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