|Extract from the minutes of the
Bealings Village Hall Management Committee meeting held on 17 January 2006
Proposed refurbishment of the Playing field
Eric Barnett who is Chairman of The Friends of the Playing field informed
the committee of the current position regarding the proposals.
An open meeting in November had been organised by the group looking into
the refurbishment who are called the “Friends of Bealings Playing Field”
this had been attended by around fifty villagers. It was felt following
this that the response to the ideas for refurbishment were supported and it
had been decided to go ahead with the next stage. The various stages of the
refurbishment were explained, committee members had previously been
circulated with details of this which stated that the Village Hall
Management Committee would be consulted at every stage and their agreement
gained before any decisions were implemented.
The first step would be to appoint a qualified designer to develop the
scheme from the original plans, planning consent may be needed if earth has
to be moved to level part of the playing field, this would cost 50% less if
the Parish Council were to apply on behalf of the village hall.
It had been suggested that the playing field should be renamed the John
Belstead Playing field in memory of Lord Belstead who died recently, his
sister the Hon. Jill Ganzoni was agreeable to this and it would give the
project gravitas when applying for funding. It will be easier to attract
funding for a multi-sport pitch (including markings for tennis, football,
netball etc) rather than a separate 5-a-side football pitch and tennis
court. The finished plans may not be dissimilar to the ones originally
produced, with some omissions and additions it may be possible to get
funding for an outside toilet with a storeroom attached.
After some discussion which raised the various reservations and
objections from members of the committee, including security, the future
cost of maintenance of the playing field in terms of money plus volunteers
to oversee and maintain it, it was agreed that the Friends should acquire
funding and confirmation that the refurbishment could go ahead before the
Village Hall committee became involved.
The committee was then asked to vote on three actions that the Friends of
the Playing field wished to take, voting was by a show of hands:-
1. the Friends appoint an appropriately qualified designer to develop the
scheme to the level of detail which would enable planners to determine
whether there is a need to seek planning approval. The resultant scheme
would be submitted to the VHMC for approval.
2. the Friends set up a local design team (including at least one VHMC
Trustee) to provide direction to the design company.
3. The VHMC sets up a bank account specifically for the Playing field
project and no other project to hold funds raised and grants received.
Proposed signatories are: Roger Roseboom, Malcolm Watson and Eric
Request not granted.