Multi-use Games Area project to renovate the tennis courts on Acomb playing fields.
The public consultation questionnaire results were analysed and showed a clear mandate by the community for a MUGA (multi-use games area). Option 1 (floodlit) had 100 votes and option 2 (non-floodlit) had 66 votes.
However, the responses showed a variety of important issues which need to be addressed in the plan.
Topics raised by the community included: floodlighting, noise level protection, parking, toilet availability, management/fees and the protection of an endangered species (bats).
Issues raised by the MUGA committee: The expert committee review found that Option 1 is underfunded. The foundations, surface drainage, court edging, and paths weren’t fully costed. For example Sport England’s grant requires good disability access. The height of the tennis court in relation to the surrounding ground level makes this expensive.
The committee also noted that the tarmac surface, which is inexpensive, will not be suitable for Football or competition Netball.
The fact that Option 1 is underfunded was not known at the time the public consultation was carried out.
Based on the responses to the Autumn public consultation, the Trustees and Parish Council are committed to building a MUGA, and we are hoping to build it in 2021!
In the first quarter of 2021 the PC has pledged to:
· Commission an expert feasibility study
· Share the results and options with you
· Listen to how you would like to go forward
and then move to:
· Additional fund-raising
· Tender to find suitable contractors to carry out the work – this process is required by NCC and the funders.
Since toilets were an issue for people the Trustees and the Parish Council are about to start to re-furbish the Pavilion to update the toilets. These should then be ready to use with the MUGA.
The good news is that the PC have already received tenders for the Feasibility Study and are looking to appoint an architect as soon as they have funding to do so.
The minutes and reports are available to read on the Parish Council website (www.acomb.ukpc.net) and on acomblocal Parish Council page – https://acomblocal.co.uk/acomb-parish-council/