Sports facility hopes for Ilminster

This is The West Country: Sports facility hopes for Ilminster Sports facility hopes for Ilminster

HOPES have been raised a multiuse sports facility could be created at the Recreation Ground in Ilminster.

The MUGA – Multi-Use Games Area – could be used by people of all ages for sports including football, basketball and tennis.

At a meeting of Ilminster Town Council suggestions included siting the MUGA on one of the tennis courts or parallel to the courts but the most popular idea was to site it next to the skate park.

Cllr Roger Swann said: “The tennis courts are a no-go and the kids are immediately drawn to the skate park area – they enjoy kicking the ball to the wall to get a return.”

Some £35,000 of Section 106 money is available – funds developers pay to South Somerset District Council which can be released to Ilminster Town Council for projects to improve highways, parks, public transport and schools.

The money must be used by a certain time and councillors are concerned if the project does not go ahead soon, it will go back to the developer.

Mayor Emma Jane Taylor said the MUGA had to be match-funded and that money would not have to come from the town council if it could be sourced in grants from outside bodies.

Cllr Andrew Shearman added: “It is of benefit for the children of Ilminster and I think we should spend the money before we lose it.”

Cllr Sophie Storey: “It is what the children want – they like to use these facilities and it would be for Ilminster children.”

Councillors agreed to take up the district council’s offer to peg out an area on the recreation ground to show how big it would be and make a decision from there.

They also agreed to investigate ways to secure grant funding.

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7:28pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Cornishlady62 says...

I'd like to know what happened the BIG plans for Winterhay Lane play area!!
I'd like to know what happened the BIG plans for Winterhay Lane play area!! Cornishlady62
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11:22am Sat 5 Jul 14

QuillPen says...

How many times over the years has this been put forward and nothing happened?

There was talk about a swimming pool once as well.
How many times over the years has this been put forward and nothing happened? There was talk about a swimming pool once as well. QuillPen
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12:28pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Farcical says...

The swimming pool will be a freshwater one in the vicinity of the tescos car park once building commences in the adjacent fields.
The swimming pool will be a freshwater one in the vicinity of the tescos car park once building commences in the adjacent fields. Farcical
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10:47pm Sun 6 Jul 14

QuillPen says...

Someone might not like my first post, but I've lived here for many years and on more than one occasion have seen plans be proposed and never coming to fruition.
Someone might not like my first post, but I've lived here for many years and on more than one occasion have seen plans be proposed and never coming to fruition. QuillPen
  • Score: 0

11:54pm Sun 6 Jul 14

orchardman says...

I know I've raised this point a number of times in previous correspondence, and I will again. A few years ago when it came to working out the various portions of the Council Tax that we all love to pay, the Ilminster parish precept was increased by a percentage such that it caused a bit of an outcry in the town at the time. The reason given was that the council wanted to create a Muga, despite the fact it was suggested similar facilities were already available on school premises, not to mention the (unsupervised) facility proposed would be utilised by a small clique, rather than benefit the whole community. I therefore have two questions. Firstly, why are our councillors discussing ways of funding this when substantial funding was raised with that particular precept rise, and secondly, what has happened to that cash. I'm not suggesting for one moment any skulduggery has taken place, but it does seem strange that the original idea for a MUGA soon vanished from the council agenda until its current re-emergence! .The council doesn't seem to have undertaken any major alternative projects in the town, so what was the extra cash from that precept rise used for that necssitates this current search for funding for the current project. in fact the fabric of the town seems to be deteriorating due to lack of funding. For a change I agree with QuillPen inasmuch talking about things is one thing, actually doing them is another matter entirely, and I'm afraid that with current state of affairs within the Open Spaces committee, the chance of anything actually coming to fruition in the foreseeable is pretty slim.
I know I've raised this point a number of times in previous correspondence, and I will again. A few years ago when it came to working out the various portions of the Council Tax that we all love to pay, the Ilminster parish precept was increased by a percentage such that it caused a bit of an outcry in the town at the time. The reason given was that the council wanted to create a Muga, despite the fact it was suggested similar facilities were already available on school premises, not to mention the (unsupervised) facility proposed would be utilised by a small clique, rather than benefit the whole community. I therefore have two questions. Firstly, why are our councillors discussing ways of funding this when substantial funding was raised with that particular precept rise, and secondly, what has happened to that cash. I'm not suggesting for one moment any skulduggery has taken place, but it does seem strange that the original idea for a MUGA soon vanished from the council agenda until its current re-emergence! .The council doesn't seem to have undertaken any major alternative projects in the town, so what was the extra cash from that precept rise used for that necssitates this current search for funding for the current project. in fact the fabric of the town seems to be deteriorating due to lack of funding. For a change I agree with QuillPen inasmuch talking about things is one thing, actually doing them is another matter entirely, and I'm afraid that with current state of affairs within the Open Spaces committee, the chance of anything actually coming to fruition in the foreseeable is pretty slim. orchardman
  • Score: 10

10:52am Mon 7 Jul 14

Dick Turpin Works For Council says...

I have to admit that I checked the date on this story, as I had naturally assumed this to be an old article that had resurfaced. In fact we have been promised a MUGA so many times that I assumed it already existed but that I just didn't know where it was.
QuillPen and Orchardman are quite right; we have been here before.
We are entitled to ask "where is our money?" and "who has our money, and what have they done with our money?"
Answers please!
I have to admit that I checked the date on this story, as I had naturally assumed this to be an old article that had resurfaced. In fact we have been promised a MUGA so many times that I assumed it already existed but that I just didn't know where it was. QuillPen and Orchardman are quite right; we have been here before. We are entitled to ask "where is our money?" and "who has our money, and what have they done with our money?" Answers please! Dick Turpin Works For Council
  • Score: 3

7:01pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Jimsainsbury says...

This report has appeared here following a council meeting I attended. This wa not discussed while I was present, although I did leave before the end of the meeting. The MUGA was not on the agenda and the item regarding 106 funding was struck off the agenda without any discussion.
Perhaps we could be told when it was discussed as I do know much pegging and scratching of heads took place a couple of years ago with no conclusion.
This report has appeared here following a council meeting I attended. This wa not discussed while I was present, although I did leave before the end of the meeting. The MUGA was not on the agenda and the item regarding 106 funding was struck off the agenda without any discussion. Perhaps we could be told when it was discussed as I do know much pegging and scratching of heads took place a couple of years ago with no conclusion. Jimsainsbury
  • Score: 2

12:02pm Tue 8 Jul 14

peterla says...

Hmmm

Seems councillors intend this money for a project to benefit the young of Ilminster...

And I note the youth club is in difficulty and seeking help...
Hmmm Seems councillors intend this money for a project to benefit the young of Ilminster... And I note the youth club is in difficulty and seeking help... peterla
  • Score: 0
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