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Local Plan 2015-2030 Preferred Options for Consultation

Policy DM31: Protection and Enhancement of Open Space, Community, Sport and Recreational Facilities

Representation ID: 1957

Received: 02/10/2013

Respondent: Hutton Football Club

Representation Summary:

Concern over open space for leisure activities, in particular, football pitch facilities within Hutton and Shenfield.

The local community football club is hugely dependant on schools which places the club in a precarious position as there is no security of tenure. The first choice solution would be to locate facilities at Officers Meadows in Shenfield. Assistance is sought through this document in trying to establish facilities for the Club in this location and achieve funding through the impact of Cross-Rail. If this site is not available then an appropriate space for the Club is desperately needed and should be identified.

Full text:

In response to the call for input into the local development plan my main area of concern is with open space for leisure activities, in particular, football pitch facilities within Hutton and Shenfield.

For the local community football club there is a huge dependency on schools which places the clubs in a precarious position as there is no security of tenure, costs may rise and obviously the school will take priority over use of its facilities.

Hutton FC is a prominent club within the area with over 50 teams who are currently playing on a mixture of several council facilities as well as local schools, St Martins and Shenfield. The result of this is that club members are spread far and wide and as a consequence the Club lose cohesion due to having no central base where all teams can play and socialise which would improve community feeling, help increase revenue and provide a useful facility. In addition this issue places huge stress on the volunteers that run the Club, raises health and safety issues and welfare concerns.

The club has been working with the Council, the Football Association and local land owners to try to identify a suitable location. The first choice solution would be to locate facilities at Officers Meadows in Shenfield. Assistance is sought through this document in trying to establish facilities for the Club in this location and achieve funding through the impact of Cross-Rail. If this site is not available then an appropriate space for the Club is desperately needed and should be identified. Obviously we are aware that land is at a premium but believe that if it is the intention to develop more housing in the area then this will create even more demand for facilities which at present are lacking in the area.

A local football club which provides sport participation and development for ages 5 - veterans (and family members) should have a proper base where the teams can play together and I would therefore ask for consideration of this to be included within the document.

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