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Brassington Recreation Ground

 

UPDATE - DECEMBER 2014

 

Work to drain, level and seed Brassington`s new Recreation Ground was completed at the end of June by Sport England approved contractors, Pugh-Lewis. The contractors are now required to ensure the grass grows free of weeds and to keep it cut as appropriate. It will then be ready for use in 12 months, at which time the planned landscaping will be carried out.

 

The ground has also been fenced to ensure no livestock can enter the Ground with the car park boundary wall and initial car park area to be completed shortly. A Management Committee to oversee future operation of the Field almost complete. Follow progress on this web site or on our Facebook page.

 

Over £170,000 of grants have been obtained to create a first class playing field and we have now obtained sufficient funds for a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA). Subject to weather conditions, this will be constructed in February, taking about four weeks.

 

The last part of the project is to build a pavilion to provide indoor recreation such as bowls, table tennis and snooker with the formation of a youth club also in mind. Additionally there will be toilet and showering facilities. The Recreation Ground Association approached the developers of the proposed Griffe Grange Wind Farm development to fund this IF it was given the go-ahead. The prospective developers accepted that this was a `ready to run` project on which there had been considerable community consultation before Planning Permission was granted in 2009 wth the Charitable Association subsequently being formed by the Parish Council.

 

It is important to note that the developers have offered £1.5 million over 25 years to other local community organisations. The £300,000 earmarked for the Brassington pavilion would be paid immediately any work is started, with ths grant being taken from the tail-end of the offer. This means that other projects will be able to benefit from the £60,000 p.a payment at the start and not wait for the £300,000 grant to be used up. 

 

Commenting on the start of this long-awaited project in July, Andrew Mason, Chairman of the Trustees for Brassington Recreation Ground Charitable Trust and Pat Horrocks, Chairman of the Parish Council said," We are delighted the first stage of this project is now complete and much appreciate the financial support of our sponsors to provide a fantastic recreational area for the people of Brassington and immediate surrounding area. Every effort will be made to ensure the minimum inconvenience to local residents while this work is carried out".

 

BACKGROUND

 

In the autumn of 2008 the 1.22 hectare field on the southern edge of the village, adjacent to the Village Green, was purchased by the Council.It has for a long time been recognised by Brassington Parish Council that proper recreational facilities are required for convenient use by the Football Club, the School, villagers and those living in outlying hamlets. The Council has therefore worked for many years to identify and purchase appropriate land. The need for such facilities was formally confirmed in the wide consultations that were carried out for the Parish Plan, published in 2004.

 

 

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Following this, the Council set up an Advisory Working Group (AWG) consisting of representatives from all organisations within the Parish and of those living locally to the site that might be affected. Terms of Reference were provided to help the AWG develop the field according to the identified priorities.

 

An exhibition day was held and a detailed survey form sent out to every household in the Parish to determine the activities of specific interest to all members of the community. 133 of the 233 households responded in writing and others added verbal responses, the results of which gave clear guidance as to priorities. The findings identified the needs as follows:

 

FOOTBALL FIELD: 80% of respondents wanted a football field. The Parish already has an active football team playing in a summer league and training in the winter. The team currently borrows a field some half a mile out of the village from a local farmer but it is a small pitch without any proper changing facilities and could be withdrawn from use at any time. In addition there is a youth soccer training scheme which is forced to practice in Wirksworth, some six miles away.

 

Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA): 73% of respondents sought a multi-use court. This would be used for 5-a-side football by the existing soccer groups, for basket ball and other such activities by the school and for tennis by the many individuals who currently have to travel to Parwich or to a tennis club at Duffield near Derby.

 

GENERAL RECREATION: The School, the Brownies and other children`s groups would like to use the field for their outdoor activities. It would also be the focus for Parish events, such as Wakes Week.

 

INDOOR BOWLS: There is currently an established petanque team which takes part in local competitions but no indoor facility for bowls. Older members of the community have no sporting recreational opportunities and have asked for this facility.

 

INDOOR YOUTH RECREATION: There are currently no facilities for young people to meet under cover and play snooker, table tennis or darts. Young people in the community have welcomed the provision of such a facility and the Parish Council would like to encourage this kind of supervised activity.

 

In order to provide professional guidance, the Council appointed the charity Groundwork Derby & Derbyshire to provide the necessary management expertise and local architects, Anthony Short & Partners to design a building.

 

Quotations were obtained from surveyors and Greenhatch of Matlock was appointed to carry out a detailed survey to provide a contour plan of the field. Plans were then drawn up by Groundwork Derby & Derbyshire to fit the required football pitch, MUGA, sports pavilion and parking on the field.

 

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Meanwhile the Council progressed basic work by fencing off the field to provide a complete boundary and carried out major work to create a full drainage ditch in order to start drying out the land. A tree survey was commissioned in order to determine any trees that were diseased or required arboreal work. This was later followed by a root survey. The immediate arboreal work was carried out and subsequently posts carrying electric cables were also removed with the cable being buried around the perimeter of the ground in a position where they could also be used to feed a future pavilion.

 

On the 20th May 2009, the `first` turf on the Recreation Field was officially lifted by HRH, the Duke of Gloucester:

 

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An information leaflet was then circulated across the Parish and a Consultation Day held to give an opportunity for people to question the plans and ensure community approval. As a result of the survey, the size of the proposed building was reduced and redesigned by Anthony Short & Partners and a final layout plan drawn up by Groundwork. Planning permission was applied for and granted in 2010.

 

Detailed specifications were then drawn up by a quantity surveyor and Groundwork. The specifications were circulated to potential contractors and quotations received.

 

At the same time it was decided that the AWG be constituted as an independent charity in order to oversee the detailed development of the project and be responsible for the management of the Recreation Field in the future. Brassington Recreation Ground Charitable Association (BRGCA) was therefore established and registered with the Charities Commission. The Parish Council granted a 999 year lease to BRGCA and transferred its Recreation Ground funds to this new body, promising further support until such time as the Recreation Ground had been developed and was self-supporting.