Draft 'Residents' Requirements and Terms
of Community Use
No athletics facility and no floodlights.
No further development once the pitches have been improved.
Develop the field using sensitive design
by keeping pitches to a minimum to maximise green space available
for informal use. Also build a lower height anti-vehicle fence
rather than 8ft high security fence.
Stop overplaying the issues around security,
vandalism and anti-social behaviour. Measures such as an anti-vehicle
fence, build security into the changing rooms and having an
on-site park-keeper (park rangers scheme being piloted by
BCC at present) should help to address these issues. An 8ft
security fence will not address the issues of vandalism, anti-social
behaviour it will just move somewhere else. Is this really
Respect the heritage of the field by allowing
free informal leisure, recreation and sporting use of the
field for any lawful activity that does not impinge on school
use (as has been the case for many years).
Hours of access for pedestrians - 24 hours.
Hours of access for vehicles - 9am to
4pm to minimise impact on traffic in the area.
Affordable hire charges that are documented
on the community use agreement (Hires charges should only
relate to hire of a pitch for matches). These should be dependant
on ability to pay and should not exclude people who cannot
pay. These should be capped (inflation linked?) for a long
period (many years/not months) in some way to stop drastic
price rises happening. Hiring of the facility should also
encourage local groups to use the pitches ahead of big paying
organisations from outside the locality.
Appoint a community liaison officer with
the following roles: To promote community use of the field,
maintenance, pitch hire, complaints. Use could also include
events such as fetes.
Reduce the amount of space taken up by
car parking. Cars equal concrete therefore reducing green
space. (Why is there a need for an 80 space car park + coach
parking anyway. In the planning information submitted by the
applicant to the development control committee 14/07/04 under
a section entitled "Trip Generation & Travel Management"
they stated "that for school related use (PE and games
lessons), all trips to the site should be by walking or cycling").
Carry out genuine community consultation.
We have asked approximately 130 local residents what they
think, how many have you asked? Doing things like this help
to build trust with the local community.
Allow proper community representation
about decisions that relate to plans and future use of the
field. This should include young people, local people and
In addition set in place independent monitoring
of the community use agreement that is implemented.