Parish consider playing fields and clubhouse improvements

PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 October 2019

Children playing football on the playing fields

Children playing football on the playing fields

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Backwell Parish Council is considering rewarding substantial grants to Backwell Fields and Junior Football club.

Representatives from the fields charity and the football club put their cases to parish councillors at a meeting on Thursday,

The Backwell Fields Charity sought £14,000 to employ professionals to help with the upkeep of the fields and enable it to hold more events throughout the year.

A spokesman for the charity told the meeting: "We need the money to hire contractors for planned maintenance of the site.

"It allows us to pay people for things like grass cutting but also to help with child safety and to pay for Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) assessments on the site and children's play equipment.

"It will also allow us to be able to run more community events throughout the year."

Cllr Bob Taylor said: "It is the best facility for miles around.

"It has been transformed by the hard work of the charity and we should support it.

"It used to be run by the council and we thought it was a mammoth job and we don't think we ever came close to the quality of maintenance the charity have achieved now."

Meanwhile, Backwell Junior Football Club sought £3,000 to be put towards the £6,000 needed for improvements to their clubhouse, to improve access for players and allow it to be used during community events.

Chairman Barnaby Kent said: "Altogether we have 300 children playing for the club, from under-6s to under-18s, as well as 25 girls and numbers are increasing, which is great.

"We have a lot of kit and goalposts but they often need to be stored in the clubhouse so it can't be used during other events.

"The cash would help us to create a store for our equipment so the clubhouse could be used during other events."

Council chairman Peter Soothill asked how the club would bridge the £3,000 needed to make the project a reality.

Mr Kent said the club could reduce the total a bit, but wanted to try to get as much as they could done, but conceded the whole programme may take some time to come to fruition, if the other £3,000 was not raised.

The parish council proposed it could withhold the cash until it was needed to complete the full course of works proposed if the grant is approved in January.

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