Playing field team need cash after council drops help

Published on: 05 Jun 2017

THE team that manages Beesmoor Road playing field in Frampton Cotterell needs new volunteers to get involved and help secure the future of the facility.  The management committee is scrambling to find extra cash after the withdrawal of council help.
It faces unexpected costs after parish council leaders discovered the authority did not own the land as had previously been thought.
That meant certain work the council had done up to then, such as cutting the grass, has fallen on the shoulders of the management committee.  There are only a handful of volunteers now on the committee, which is also looking to boost its income to help keep the site in the condition required.
The cost the grass cutting alone is about £2,000 a year, whilst the committee’s annual turnover is only about £4,000.
Nick Talbot, chairman of the committee, said it had been thought the land on which the field is sited had been owned by the parish council, although run in trust to the community.
He said the council had been happy to cut the grass and carry out maintenance but now the situation had changed.
He said the field had a football pitch used by Frampton Athletic Football Club, a sports pavilion and children’s play area.
Between £1,500 and £2,000 a year is made through use of the site for regular car boot sales and the football club’s use of the pitch.
Mr Talbot said in most years, costs were covered and the footballers helped by doing some necessary work themselves.
He said: “There is a lot of work to be done and we are conscious that we have to keep the playing field open.
“But we are about half a committee down, with just four or five of us left. In the worst case scenario, all the committee members could resign and then I don’t know what would happen.
“We need a certain number of people to help maintain the site so would like to have more committee members.
“We are also looking to start Sunday football there, possibly with a junior team or a women’s team using it, so would like to hear from anyone interested.”
“As far as the grass is concerned, we will either have to find a contractor ourselves to do the job or look to buy more equipment, which is an added expense and we don’t have the storage facilities.”
Mr Talbot can be contacted via the Frampton Athletic website.

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