SEDLESCOMBE PUBLIC PLAYING FIELD & RECREATION GROUND TRUST MINUTES

Sedlescombe Parish Council is the Sole Trustee

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE SEDLESCOMBE PUBLIC PLAYING FIELD & RECREATION GROUND TRUST HELD ON TUESDAY 23 OCTOBER 2007 IN COMMITTEE ROOM 2 OF SEDLESCOMBE VILLAGE HALL, 19:32 TO 19:49

PRESENT: Mrs V Wright (Chairman), Mrs P Raymond (Secretary)
Mrs C Wheatley, Mr P Martin, Mrs P Glew, Mr R Dellow, Mrs M Irwin, Mr A Rand

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T07/08.13 Apology for absence was received from Mr W Cameron (holiday).

T07/08.14 Minutes. RESOLVED:  That the Chairman is authorised to sign the Minutes of the Meeting of the Trust on 01/05/07.

T07/08.15 Sedlescombe Playing & Recreation Ground (aka Riverside). The Annual Report, which was approved at the Meeting of the Trust on 01/05/07, proposed applying for lottery funding through Rother District Council for

  1. turning the tennis courts into a multi-play area,
  2. providing equipment including swings suitable for children over 12 as well as appropriate safety surfacing,
  3. providing sports coaching at the tennis courts.

Unfortunately, Rother District Council did not choose to include this project in its lottery funding application.

The tennis courts are currently being used free of charge by the general public. This appears to have been successful in that more use has been made of the courts and less damage has been done to the surrounding fences than when the gates were kept locked and use was fee-based. The courts seem to have been used mainly for playing tennis.

An application has recently been received from the newly-formed Sedlescombe Netball Club to use the courts for netball training. Up to now, this Club has been playing at Claremont School and Battle Abbey and has joined a League. It would like to try practising at the Tennis Courts on winter Saturday mornings 10:00-12:00 and summer Thursday evenings 19:00-20:30 (times to be confirmed). This will probably mean the Club using the whole courts, making at least the two centre posts removable and adding appropriate lining. The Club will need to be responsible for replacing the posts and tennis nets at the end of their play. The Netball Club's use will require closure of the courts to the gneral public at the agreed times.

Although the Club has a sponsor for its kit, it has not yet built up any funds. It was suggested that the Club should apply to the Sedlescombe Societies Association for funding.

Trustees were pleased to hear that, if successful, the Club would like to run junior coaching.

RESOLVED: That the Trust is pleased to support establishment of the Sedlescombe Netball Club and to allow the Club to use the Sedlescombe Tennis Courts on winter Saturday mornings and summer Thursday evenings and to make the necessary adjustments to the courts in consultation with the Secretary; times, other arrangements and donation to the pavilion fund also to be agreed with the Secretary. Situation to be reviewed in six months' time.

The Trust went on to consider whether the idea of turning the tennis courts into a multi-play games area, swings for the over-12s and sports coaching should be pursued now that Rother has excluded the project from its lottery application. It was agreed that the Trust should try, in due course, to obtain funding for the project if it is supported in the community. It was noted that Little Common Football Club is embarking on a similar project at two hard tennis courts in Little Common.

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