Moreton on Lugg Parish Council Perkins Play Area – Annual report 2015/16

The Perkins Play Area continues to be a popular facility to both adults and children of Moreton -0n-lugg. The facility provides a maintained children’s play area, including a double swing, a fully equipped and maintained junior football pitch, a basketball court and maintained pathways through the wood.
Once again, this year, considerable time, monies and effort have been put into the play area to ensure, wherever possible the safe and enjoyable use of this facility.

General maintenance/improvements although no specific improvements have been made this year general maintenance and repair have been carried out on a regular basis to cut costs but still provide a safe environment.

Future plans:
Removal of remainder of felled trees. (ongoing)
Strimming/clearance of pathways
Re-marking of football pitch

Tesco bags of help – the successful application for a grant of £10k will see the arrival and installation of an aerial slide and a set of adult swings, sometime in July.

Vandalism mindless vandalism costs us, as tax payers money; the following list is an indication of the type of vandalism that goes on in the park on a regular basis:
Cutting of the perimeter fence
Swinging on the goal posts and net supports (the net supports have been welded twice this year)
Swing seats looped over the top bar
Basketball nets destroyed
Small fires
Litter strewn over the park and in the woods

Wardens pet hates
Dog owners who do not collect their dog waste and leave their dogs to foul the area, particularly the paths in the wooded area!!

Thank you to the following people for their help this year:

Roger Peter David Terry Adrian Richard

(7.1) Annual Playground Inspection with Fran White – Cllr Browne requested that he accompany the Inspector on the annual Playground Inspection.

(7.2) Update on Tesco Bags of Help Grant – Cllr Browne explained that the voting was taking place in Ledbury branch of Tesco and finishes this weekend. It is hoped to have a decision by the end of March when, depending on the amount awarded, it can be decided what new equipment can be purchased for the play area.

The insurance implication of the new equipment was discussed and it was agreed to defer this until the outcome of the grant application was known. In the meantime, disclaimer notices are prominent within the park and the surrounding area.

Sincere thanks were expressed by Councillors to Cllr Brown for all his efforts in applying for this grant and his continued support to the play area.

Cllr Browne handed round a list of outstanding jobs that needed to be carried out in the park within the next few weeks – weather dependant – and asked for volunteers from Council and those parishioners present to help him complete these tasks.

The monthly inspection of equipment has been recorded as satisfactory.
A short list of items needed to be purchased for general maintenance was discussed and it was agreed that Cllr Browne could go ahead and purchase these items and he would be reimbursed the outstanding £90.40 at the next meeting.

Trees in Play Area and along boundary fence
Cllr Browne outlined his concerns regarding the trees in the Play Area and along the boundary fence. It is paramount that the area is safe for use and at the moment he has serious concerns that there are hang-ups in the very tall trees – some over 60’ high which need urgent attention. The boundary trees which over hang Church House Farm fields also need urgent attention before they are blown down destroying the boundary fencing.

Cllr Brown has received one set of quote from Ross Tree Services – for the overhanging 9 tress to be pollarded and made safe = £900 and for the 14 trees within the wooded area itself = £1350.00 again for pollarding and any necessary safety measures.

This was discussed at length – it was acknowledged that there had been funds set aside within the financial budget for 2016/17 for any necessary tree work.

It was agreed that a second quote was required – but it was proposed and unanimously agreed that if the quote from Ross Tree Services was the lower – that Cllr Browne could go ahead and award the contract to Ross Tree Services before the next meeting. The work, although weather dependant, would then get underway before the spring leaf growth takes hold.
Resolved: Clerk and Cllr Browne to liaise once second quotes are available.
(7.1) Annual Playground Inspection – it was agreed to procced with the Annual Inspection as outlined in Fran White’s email at a cost of £50.60 + VAT – however, it was requested that the goal posts be included in the inspection and that photographs used in the report are updated.

Resolved: Clerk to confirm

(7.2) Perkins Area Inspection – all serviceable – see report attached.
(a) Football nets have been removed in an to attempt to preserve the goal areas during the very wet weather.
(b) Fallen branches have been removed from pathways but there is storm damage in the wooded areas – suggest notice put up warning walkers that there are some hanging branches overhead.
(c) Minor repairs have been made to both goal areas – but further reseeding/turfing will be required in the Spring.
(d) Cllr Browne explained that he had applied for a Tesco grant – and had received a favourable acknowledgement that the application had been shortlisted. Cllr Browne will liaise with the clerk for the required supporting paperwork and will re-submit for final consideration by the panel.

The grant application specifies the need for three additional pieces of play equipment suitable for the over 12 age range. Cllr Browne will get the various quotes needed to support the application.

Future plans: there will be a lot of work to be carried out in the spring and Cllr Browne is hoping to get a ‘working party’ to help him – agenda item for March.

Trees – it was not thought necessary to have a full Tree Survey this year.
However, it was agreed that Councillors would meet before the next meeting for a general inspection and bring their findings back to the next meeting – agenda item for March.

There is still fire wood available – it was suggested that this be advertised – may be in the Newsletter or on a notice board at the entrance to the play area.

Resolved: Clerk to liaise with Cllr Browne re Tesco grant

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