BARFORD KING GEORGE’S FIELD - PLAY AND SPORTS FACILITIES :
There has been some delay at WDC but the revised Planning Application will hopefully have been approved by the time you read this.
The delays have been largely due to minor objections received to the scheme. These have largely centred around “overdevelopment” of the rural setting and rumoured loss of dog access to the site. Inevitably, if sports facilities are to be provided there will be some urbanisation or development however this has been minimised by design and is judged to be considerably outweighed by all the benefits of activity, fitness, health and education. The land is dedicated to and indeed restricted to sport and recreational activities under the terms of the King George’s legacy and there is a presumption that improved and updated facilities should be provided to meet local need.
Concerning dogs, there is ABSOLUTELY no intention to restrict responsible dog access to the site, indeed they are positively encouraged as part of normal healthy community activity.
HOWEVER we do expect all owners to be vigilant concerning dog fouling and to always “pick up” and dispose responsibly and to ensure that dogs do not impose their presence on those residents who would prefer to remain ‘dog-free’. Sadly there is much evidence that not all dog walkers are as responsible as we all might like - judging by reports from frightened parents and dog fouling frequently left on the field… hence the regular mention of such in this column.
Fundraising is still going well and there will still need to be a final big push up to the August Bank Holiday Fun Day by the end of which, in addition to other pending funding applications, we hope to have raised a further £20,000 to facilitate all elements going ahead as a single project. If there is shortfall some elements may need to be delayed.
At the School Fete in July there was massive interest in the scheme and much excitement as the start of works approaches. Teams and clubs are hatching as you read this…
The next and final “pre-build” PR and fundraising event will be the Bank Holiday Fun Day when there will be lots to see and do. See our poster on Page 12 for all the details and ….. BE THERE!
It will also be the last opportunity to buy Treasure Hunt plots - £5 each and lots of big cash prizes – there are 15,00 plots for sale and just over 1000 adults in Barford alone – probably about 1500 residents over our three villages, so only just enough to go round! YOU NEED TO BE IN IT TO WIN IT! Make sure you get yours! And if, and only IF, we sell every plot we will also make a donation towards the FABS Funds to further the School’s activities on the Playing Fields. Come on, we can do it…
And when that’s all over we hope to be able to start work during September and be completed by Christmas. There will of course be some disruption and the playing fields will be out of bounds whilst the developers are there and the Public Footpath W96 alongside the field will actually need to be closed for at least part of the works on safety grounds, as walkers and machinery just do not mix.
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