The results of the Village consultation exercise conducted in March
2005 are shown in the table below.
The findings will be reported to Great and Little Bealings Parish
Councils at their forthcoming Parish meetings, and the recommended
proposals for the draft scheme as suggested below, presented to
all interested parties, at a Special Joint Parish meeting at a time
to be agreed shortly.
THE SCHEME AS CURRENTLY PROPOSED
A joint initiative between Great and Little Bealings parish councils
to upgrade the current playground facilities behind the Village
Hall, has led to the commissioning of a draft scheme from landscape
design consultants Grass and Grounds Inc. of Brundish, Nr Woodbrige.
They presented their ideas to a joint meeting of both Parish Council
committees, and the Village Hall management committee on November
15th 2004. The draft plan and the scope of the scheme will be presented
to both villages as part of a wider consultation exercise planned
for January and February 2005. Any comments on the scheme are welcome,
and should be addressed in writing to either Parish Council, and
will be collated by the Working Party, and fed back the design consultants.
If the response is positive, a final scheme will be agreed, and
fund raising will start in earnest. So far, the costs for the site
survey and the draft design have all been met by money allocated
to Great Bealings PC from Cllr Steven Hudson's Locality Budget.
Steven is our local Suffolk County Councillor, and we are most grateful
for his support with this project.
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size diagram plan.
The purpose of the enclosed Interim plan is to give a graphic and
easily read impression of our proposals for the Bealings Amenity
site. This plan is not produced to scale nor intended to represent
an absolutely true position on site, but is sufficiently accurate
in proportion and position to show how the proposed area will work
as a unit. An approximate indication of North orientation can be
found by following centre line of tennis court to top right hand
corner of plan.
Five a Side Football Pitch
Under the rules of small sided football, the minimum dimensions
of a pitch can be anywhere between 25 meters x 16.5 meters and 50
meters x 35 meters. Dimensions of proposed pitch on site are 42meters
x 25meters. This size of pitch is generous enough for competitive
team play. Positioned within the required North to south Axis parameters.
Standard construction five a side goals permanently fixed in position
at each end. We advise nets to be kept separately and fitted for
To one side of the pitch we propose to erect a full size goal for
practice/fun purposes, and areas to both sides prepared and maintained
to facilitate corner taking practice. The position of full sized
goal marked F/SIZE on plan. Posts shown are representational only,
and will be smaller in proportion to pitch. Excavation will be required
to level the area set aside for the football pitch. Spoil from this
excavation will be utilized elsewhere on site, including the earthwork
“berms” shown on the site plan, and described in more detail later.
The area will be reseeded with an appropriate grass type. Provision
would have to be made for line marking equipment to enable volunteers
to mark out pitch.
Tennis court to be of standard single court dimensions (23.77 meters
long x 8.23 meters wide) with required safety area outside marked
court. Court surface to be of a Porous Macadam all weather type.
Supplied fully marked and equipped. Surrounding the court will be
standard chain link fence for safety and practical reasons. Access
by lockable gate. Beyond the fence a Cordon Sanitaire to discourage
weed growth up and through the chain link fencing. As with the football
pitch there will be a requirement to excavate and level. Treatment
of spoil will be the same as above.
An activity centre mainly for children aged 11 onwards, to be constructed
within the boundaries shown on the enclosed A3 plan. A “Ring fence”
of round posts to separate the area from the football pitch to the
south, ungated opening facing low level play area. Adventure structures
should as much as possible be constructed of wood and recyclable
material. Suggestions include Zip line (basically, two structures
over three meters in height joined by a length cable which can be
traversed by holding a handle which slides along cable-see example
illustration page). Other structures could include Monkey bars and
High Climbing frame with Scaffold Walks (lengths of scaffolding
tubes positioned parallel to the ground which children crawl or
shuffle over) and Tarzan Swing over a pit We propose a basketball
area i.e. hoop and hard area to be included in the designated adventure
area and marked on the plan with letter B. It has been suggested
that a simple shelter be constructed inside or next to adventure
area to provide cover from sudden rainfall. This could simply be
a canopy built off the top of fencing.
The site of the old playground equipment on the ridge overlooking
the car park would make an ideal picnic area, a quiet space away
from the main site amongst the many established trees. The site
itself requires little work apart from removal of derelict chain
link fencing, and remnants of old play equipment. Also, trimming
of vegetation and unnecessary tree growth, mainly Sycamore, is suggested.
Some general site leveling and re-seeding would be of benefit.
Area to be furnished with picnic tables (3) with integral seating,
secured to the ground.
The ridge overlooking the village hall to be cleared and the site
marked PATIO on enclosed plan set to hard area such as slab or wet
pour concrete. From its commanding position approximately 1.8 metres
higher than the ground area of the Village Hall, the patio will
provide a hub for the whole site, the centre for outdoor socializing
and Village Hall events.
Provision will be made for up to 40 people to sit and enjoy the
views and activities. Seating to be Chairs already belonging to
and stored by the Village hall, with the addition of built in benching
on the patio area. Also see Seating below.
For wheelchair users the patio will be accessed from the car park
by the main side path shown on plan marked with wheelchair symbol.
Access from the kitchen patio area will be via steps shown as ladder
symbol on plan. More detail of Patio to be included in further stages
of design once there is an all round agreement in principle to the
It is suggested for safety and practical reasons that the B-B-Q
be sited on or near the proposed kitchen patio. The B-B-Q could
be of a brick built construction. People intending to eat up on
the patio site would only have a short distance to travel to collect
hot food via the steps leading down from patio.
Low level play area
Surrounded by dog proof picket type fencing and accessed through
a gate from the patio. This play area will cater for mainly for
children between the ages of four and ten. Secure and easily supervised
by parents, this area can be furnished with low level play equipment
including wobble boards and balance bars, spring mounted rides and
see-saws, swings and slide. All structures with play height above
200mm will be surrounded by soft play surfacing (hot pour rubber)-see
Benches to be placed around site as required. Not shown on interim
plan, but generally next to activity areas. Constructed of heavy
duty hollow section steel (see illustration page), the Manufacturer’s
offer lifetime guarantees against vandal damage. The benches are
low maintenance, set into concrete, and easily strimmed round to
cut grass with the minimum of effort.
The plan shows two parking areas for bicycles-one beside the village
hall, another at the other end of the site next to the tennis court,
as shown on plan. Facility for up to six bicycles per rack. Made
of concrete, they will remain secure, and present no maintenance
The site has existing pathways which in the main can be kept and
updated. Particular attention to be made to the path running parallel
with the road (shown with red line and white arrows at the bottom
of the plan), traversing the length of the site, from the car park
entrance to the bottom corner. The path is already surfaced with
tarmac, and should be re-instated. All paths shown to be resurfaced
or re-built with hard surface material i.e. compressed Hoggin. Other
paths unless shown on plan will be grassed underfoot as they are
now. As described previously, the main site entrance path from the
car park will be enlarged and upgraded to allow wheelchair and mowing
machine access in addition to ordinary foot traffic.
Existing trees and vegetation to be surveyed and evaluated. Our
policy is to retain, move and re-use as much original material as
possible within a site. The plan shows the areas of the site furthest
north have had substantial amounts of vegetation removed to facilitate
the positioning of the tennis court and football pitch. Much of
this, including Chestnut trees, will be replanted on site, especially
along the road boundary to further increase sound proofing for the
benefit of nearby properties. The approximate position of the nearest
properties is represented on the enclosed plan.
We suggest a certain amount of tree clearance, mainly Sycamore,
in the wooded areas surrounding the Village Hall. This work will
leave space and scope for replanting trees from elsewhere on site.
The plan shows the site with much of this clearance work done, but
not with replanting work undertaken to allow for a clearer view
of the ground planning.
The existing patio area outside the kitchen would benefit from
a “re-vamp”. Area to be cleared and simple patio built. Provision
to be made for a lockable outside tap drawing water from the kitchen.
Lighting to be installed at strategic points on the building to
cover sides and rear of building, B-B-Q area and service paths.
Motion or Infra-red sensors to be installed as required. (Infra
red is more suitable in situations where wind blown vegetation triggers
lights). Switchable low voltage safety lighting would also be required
on paths around building and up steps and path to patio area and
low level play area for evening events. All lighting can be powered
from the existing supply inside building. It is not proposed to
provide floodlighting at this time for the sports areas, but provision
of space to be left for installation if required in the future.
Landscaping will be kept to a minimum. Other than formation of
grassy mounds with excavated soil, construction will extend only
to the areas fulfilling the brief of Gt Bealings Parish council.
At present undertaken by Suffolk Coastal District Council. It is
important that as much of the site as possible can be accessed and
continues to be mown by the council in the future. This will reduce
the requirement for voluntary maintenance. We propose improving
access for the council vehicle and trailer, and will widen the path
to be upgraded for wheelchair access from the car park to facilitate
entry of the mowing machine onto the playground site. Grassy mounds
constructed from spoil out of sports pitch excavations to be made
“mowable”. As far as possible the proposed site has been planned
to facilitate as much Council mower cutting as possible. There will,
however, be a periodic need for some strimming to be carried out.
Positioned at the farthest end of the Village Hall from the entrance.
Convenient for kitchen and B-B-Q waste, and easily accessed by refuse
lorry. Constructed of wooden panels or boarding with a gated entrance.
To contain standard or “Wheelie” type bins.
Suitable for standard black bin liners. These are constructed from
hollow section steel in the same style as benches described above.
Two bins are to be provided, positioned as shown on plan. Detail
of bin on illustration page. The litter bins also facilitate easy
strimming of surrounding grass.
There are three possible elements of the development work that
could be phased.
Initially, we would need to create access for our machinery and
erect safety fencing and signs where required. The broad areas of
site works are:
- Excavation works and leveling, followed by seeding of football
pitch. Clearance and re-location of trees and vegetation around
the site as described above. Attention to footpaths, the preparation
for surfaces for play areas and patio.
- Hard landscaping, which includes all construction and fitting
out, excluding tennis court.
- Construction of Tennis court and installation of associated
Given agreement is reached between all parties on the interim design
elements presented here, we will be in a position to give an estimate
for each phase separately.
I can be contacted directly on 07711 509584 If you have any questions
please do not hesitate to call.
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