Village Field

History related to the requirement & planning of a multi-use games area (MUGA) on Tickenham Village Field

Introduction:

At a Tickenham Parish Council meeting in mid 2008, the councillors discussed the Village Field and concluded that it was underutilised. A decision was agreed to survey parishioners to ask them what they would like to see on the field – during October 2008, the attached questionnaire was sent to every household (311no.) in the Parish. Because of the importance of the annual Tickenham Flower Show, any development was very sensitive to their requirements and for this reason the lower part of the field was considered not suitable for any changes.

Questionnaire Response:

There were a total of 58 responses, 54 positive and 4 negative. A summary of the actual results, (the first number being the number of household positive responses, the figure in brackets being those prepared to pay/subscribe to participate) is as follows:-

  • 5-a-side football…………… 13 (10)
  • Multi-use Court…………… 25 (17)
  • Tennis Court……………….. 27 (21)
  • Putting Green……………… 17 (11)
  • Bowling Green…………….. 15 (11)
  • Boules/Petanque…………. 16 (9)

Other suggestions were Croquet (1 household), Basketball (2 households), Adventure Playground (3 households) and a running track (1 household). One also for Tai Chi!

On the basis that 80% of respondents were in favour of some recreational facility, the Parish Council arranged a sub-committee to investigate the issue further. After a period of time the sub-committee was formed with a new constitution and fund raising commenced to finance the development.

Formal ‘Tickenham Village Field’ Sub-Committee

The first meeting of the sub-committee was in February 2010. An early decision made related to agreeing the most suitable solution to match majority of the respondents answers – it was considered that a multi-use games area (MUGA) would satisfy most requirements, catering for such sports as football, tennis, hockey, netball, basketball, etc.

Fund-raising was the next issue – the sub-committee were (and continue to be) very active in raising funds from such events as a music evenings, cinema nights, duck races, a monthly lottery, sports days, etc.

External grants and funding was also investigated, however, it soon became obvious that a pre-requisite of any funding was that planning permission was needed to be in place.

Mrs. Carole Hockedy agreed to be the architect and developed the designs and drawings under the direction of the sub-committee. In July 2011, the sub-committee considered the design was at a position ready to make application for planning permission.  At a Parish Council meeting that month, objections were made from four neighbouring owners and also a collective objection from about 20 residents of Elm Tree Avenue. The Parish Council considered it prudent to withdraw the planning application and re-ask the parishioners again.

Open Village Meeting:

There is always likely to be objections to change, and because of those raised at the meeting in July it was decided to have an ‘Open meeting of the Village’ to give people the opportunity to air their views on the subject. This took place on the 6th October 2011.

There were various comments – the majority in favour of some development with a footnote that the playground area should be an integrated part of the proposals. The comments have been noted and actioned upon, for example:-

  • A new committee member was included to concentrate on the playground facility only.
  • A meeting was had with the residents of Elm Tree Avenue.
  • Following the concern related to noise – we have proposed a curfew of the MUGA during lighting up times.
  • If the MUGA attracts the unpleasant groups, we would propose to lock the facility, employ security companies and maybe introduce CCTV in extreme cases.

As a result of the positive responses at the meeting the Parish Council agreed to continue with the plans to develope the recreational facility.

Planning Application – 2012

Having taken the endorsement from the meeting and the Parish Council to continue, the sub-committee returned to the plans. Because, as a result of the previous application, North Somerset required a drainage proposal/report and an arboriculture (tree) report, it was agreed to get these two reports in place and adjust the MUGA/field design to suit.

The current proposal for the MUGA as depicted on Drg. No. 310/04, the tree report and the drainage proposals are now a fully integrated design for planning approval.

The following is an unformatted copy of the Questionnaire that was sent to every house within the confines of Tickenham Parish.

Questionnaire related to the possible use of upper section of the Village Field for Recreational Purposes.

Your Parish Council is considering the possible development of the upper section of the Village Field (adjacent to the Hall) for recreational purposes. Prior to focusing any of our thoughts on any funding and/or amenity management issues, it is important that the thoughts of villagers should be taken into account.

Therefore to obtain the views of the villagers, can you please complete the table below. The ‘Suggested Amenities’ listed are not exhaustive – please add your other ideas in the blank boxes.

Suggested Amenity I would/would not use; YES/NO I would pay/subscribe to participate; YES/NO
5-a-side Football
Multi-use Courts;(netball, tennis, unihock, etc)
Tennis Court(s)
Putting Green/Golf Net
Bowling Green
No interest in any

Please insert any other comments here:

Please return your completed questionnaires by the ..th November 2008 to:-

Please insert your name & address here:-

NAME………………………….                      ADDRESS………………………………….

                                                                                                                                ……………………………..

                                                                                                                                ……………………………..            

If you would like feedback of the results, please also add your e-mail address below:- …………………………………………