WOLLASTON PARISH COUNCIL
PLAYING FIELD & PARKS MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON
Wednesday 08 November 2023, 7pm
At The Hill Club, Upstairs Lounge, High Street, Wollaston
VOTING MEMBERS PRESENT
Messrs Green, Hodson, Milroy (Vice Chair), Mitchell, Perry, Savage (Chair), and Mrs S. Grant (Clerk)
Messrs Cotter, Jones & Silsby
The minutes of the last meeting from 11th October 2023 were agreed unanimously and signed as a correct record.
Finances to end of October 2023 had been circulated. Upcoming committed payments of approx. £4,000 until year end, leaving a surplus of approx. £1500 towards Clubhouse Maintenance (see purchases required below).
PLAY EQUIPMENT AND ADULT GYM INSPECTION/MAINTENANCE
Mr Savage confirmed he had inspected the equipment and handed the inspection sheets to the Clerk. Mr Savage to chase Imperial Carpentry to look at Kangaroo spring and loose slats on seating. Vandalised safety flooring under Basket swing has been repaired at a cost of £195. No issues with Pyghtles Park or Playing Field. New Toddler Swings have received excellent feedback from parents. Gym Equipment sign still broken; no immediate action required.
Pocket Park looking very tidy due to the recent Maintenance carried out. Appears that the gate is not always being unlocked in the mornings by Scott Bader Security. Mr Savage to confirm with Mr Silsby.
SPORTS ASSOCIATION REPORT
Football is going well. The first team have reached the semi-final mid-week competition to be held in February 2024.
No issues with Youth Football. Pitches are holding well due to the recent heavy rain (goal mouth brown). Sandbags in place if required at Clubhouse.
Cricket – Juniors (2 age groups) are partaking in mid-week 6-a-side leagues at Higham Ferrers.
Last years’ overseas player has confirmed that he will not be returning to Wollaston CC in 2024.
Update on S106 monies for Sports Association Playing Pitches £136,608 towards additional playing pitches / showers / changing rooms. Payable 50% prior to the first 50% occupation / 50% prior to the first 80% occupation. To date, 30% of the new houses are now occupied, it is anticipated that it will be mid-2024 before any money is available. Committee to go through the options again at a relevant time depending on sales rates and obtain new pricing as prices will have increased.
Community Hall Update – Currently at a standstill. Duchy have acknowledged that the original site at Scott Bader is unsuitable due to Health & Safety Zones. The Parish Council have identified three other potential sites and these are currently being investigated. WPC are hoping to present to the Community at the Christmas Fayre on November 26th or asap.
Tree Maintenance – balance of the Tree work due to be carried out by end of the month (approx. £1,000)
Annual PF Hedge Cut – Due to be carried out on November 16th by Hayeswood £700 plus VAT.
Wollaston Cricket Club annual Grass Cutting Fee £500.
Mr Perry presented a quote to the Committee for £2,300 from local electrician for installation and equipment of anti frost Heaters for the Loft, Boiler Room, Corridor and Lounge at the Clubhouse to prevent burst pipes over the winter season. Changing rooms were not required @ £510 per changing room.
It was agreed that the committee would contribute a total of £1,200 towards this. Mr Perry to run the project and organise the separate billing to the Parish Council.
FIELD MAINTENANCE/MATTERS RELATING TO THE FIELD
Mrs Milroy to look into Owl Box options for the Playing Field.
Field maintenance (Weed & Seed) will now be carried out hopefully next Spring.
Mr Savage reported on a new silver bin that has appeared and someone has deposited a large number of catering size nitrogen oxide canisters in there.
Mrs Milroy thanked the Sports Association & Cricket Club for their donation of £200 from the bar takings at the Summer Fayre to the Events Committee.
DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Wednesday 13th December 2023 at 7pm at the Hill Club, 122 High Street, Wollaston.
There being no further business the Chair thanked everyone for attending and closed the meeting at 8pm.