of a meeting of Hethersett Memorial Playing Field Trustees held in Hethersett
Queen’s Head on Thursday 21st November,
received from David Chambers (DC) and Alan Wiffin (resident). Present
were: Peter Hoult - chair (PH), Peter Steward - secretary (PS), Rob Reeve
(RR), Dr Anne Edwards (AE), Mel Perkins MBE (MP) and Kathy Floyd (KF)
The minutes of the
previous meeting were approved.
Updates were given on
anti-social behaviour issues and progress made. PS reported that the
number of reported instances of vandalism had shown a large drop and he
had received an e-mail from local residents stating that things have
improved. The Trustees will continue with a number of measures to ensure
vandalism doesn’t recur. These include improved barrier and gates which
Reg Loveday is working on and which could cost £1,000 to put in place.
Trustees will also move ahead with alcohol banning measures. Park lights
now automatically turn off at 9.30 p.m and covert cameras continues to be
a possibility if the level of vandalism returns.
MP updated Trustees
on the Pavilion project. We are waiting a services report but the project
is likely to cost in the region of £220,000. MP will be contacting
builders to obtain quotes for the work.
RR spoke about the
possibility of a Big Lottery grant to provide a basketball hoop. This is
something that could be looked into in the Spring.
AE has used sods
taken from the petanque terrain to improve the damaged grass on verges in
Recreation Road. Unfortunately this hasn’t been successful.
It was suggested that
the Hethersett Environmental Action Team might be prepared to provide bat
boxes for the new pavilion.
Registers are up to
date and the ROSPA inspection has taken place. ROSPA made a few
recommendations and remedial work will be carried out. New seats will also
be introduced to the area and RR will look into a “no dogs” sign.
PH will supply
details to PS re the contact at South Norfolk Council to ensure the bottle
and textile banks are removed.
Before the meeting DC
produced the latest set of accounts and running cost estimates for
2014/2015. These need to be passed to the parish council as a request for
funding. DC’s workings show the need for an income from the parish
council of £7564.22. It was agreed, however, that an additional £2,000
should be requested in order for the field to be Vertidrained and have
herbicide put down. Part of the cost of this would be met by Hethersett
Athletic Football Club.
MP stated that once
formally constituted the Croquet Club should be asked to pay a percentage
of hiring fees as worked out by the treasurer. PH felt that this was fair.
Plans and Events
Nothing new to report
PH mentioned a
request from young people for a BMX track. After discussion it was felt
that the village hall skateboard park would be a more suitable venue for
this and the matter should be referred to Hethersett and the Meltons’
Sports Association. KF agreed to research the matter and report back to
the next meeting.
and Venue of Next Meeting
February 11th at
Hethersett Queen’s Head at 7 p.m.