Playing field committee
18th August 2016
7.30 pm Reading Room
Present: Keith Burrow, Peter Moorby, Jill Mitchell, Tom Stafford
Apologies: John Hyde Ian Mitchell
1. Election of a chair
Tom Stafford was elected as Chair
2. Approve minutes of the last meeting
Tom Stafford reported that the contact for the potential archery club has expressed disappointment but the club will not hold its first meeting this year, it is hoped that it will begin activities in 2017.
It was agreed amongst members that the arrangement whereby the sheep show provide walling for the field in lieu of a days rent for the field represents good value. However it was noted that the amount of walling that is being expected of the sheep show each year may be excessive. It was thought fair that repair to a length of walling of 4 meters per year would be a reasonable guide to enable this arrangement to carry on sustainably. This will be taken to the parish council for comments and potential approval in principal.
Keith Burrow reported that the sheep show were one year behind in their walling repairs. They would look to work on 8 meters of walling in the coming months to pay for both last years and this years shows, if the council approved.
Peter Moorby reported that he has repaired the fence adjoining the dales way. The committee thanked him for his efforts.
6. Grass Cutting
As the grass cutting contract has one more year to run it was agreed to begin the tender process in 2017.
7. Any Other Business
No other business raised
8. Scheduling for future meetings
It was agreed to carry on with holding regular meetings every three months but with any member able to call an extra meeting if anything of importance came up.
The playing field is owned by the Parish and is administered by the Parish Council. The Playing Field Committee is a sub-committee of the Council and consists of two Parish Councillors and several other members. As of July 2016 the members are:-
Parish Councillors Tom Stafford (Chair) and Ian Mitchell
Other Members Keith Burrow (Football Club), Jill Mitchell (Football Club),
Peter Moorby, David Hunter, John Hyde.
Other help may be co-opted as and when needed.
The maintenance of the field is supervised by the Parish Council which includes the mowing and care of the grass.
As the location of the playing field is at the edge of Dent and is bordered by the River Dee, with Rise Hill as a background, and the village having two Public Houses, a village shop and cafes, this makes the Playing Field a very attractive location.
The field and the pavilion are available for hire by the public and are used for various events such as the Annual Sheep Show and the First Responders Annual Fund Raising Event each year.
Any interest that you may have in the Dent Playing Field may be communicated to one of the above members or any Councillor on the Parish Council.