Notes taken at the site visit to MANSFIELD PARK Wednesday 16th June 2010 5.00pm
Elected members;- Cllr Pat Parker (Chair), Chris Done ,Cllr John Turner Co-opted members;-Cllr Brian Smedley (sec), Cllr Kathy Pearce. Observers;- Jason Roberts , Ben Harvey(Hamp Action Group) Carl Watt, (Blake Old Boys) Gloria Jackson (Resident) Mark Searle(volunteer)Sam Harvey (Resident) Mrs Ives (Resident) SDC;- Dave Agett, James Presdee Centre Manager;- Jan Capel
2 Mansfield Park ;- James Presdee and Blake Old Boys gained access to the Changing rooms which were visited to assess the condition. There was general feeling that they weren't as bad as anticipated but clearly needed work doing to them to deal with the roof, the ceiling and damp. Also the toilets needed bringing back into working order and the locks addressing
Dave Agett undertook to have the changing rooms back in full working order before the next football season started in August. Blake Old Boys first game was 25 August, Ben Harvey was organising a 5-a-side tournament in the park on August 21.
Dave Agett asked if the best way forward was for SDC to resume full control of the changing rooms in order to do this as opposed to the current arrangement with the Blake Old Boys. Carl Watt agreed that this would suit Blake Old Boys.
Gloria Jackson expressed concern about the kids accessing the roof and wanted railings lowered. Dave Agett said that lower railings would not solve the problem but would rather suggest a butress effect on the corners of the changing room. Although Mrs jackson wasn;t convinced by this and Mr Agett admitted it wasn;t in place on any other changing room he said it had some success on the Blake bridge park access and people accepted that it was worth a try.
Ben Harvey asked about the option of a pitched roof but Mr Agett said this was costly and they needed to get as much as feasible done within their limited resources to make the best impact.
Mr Agett said that SDC would arrange painting over the mural on the changing rooms. Mrs Jackson proposed a camouflage colour but Mr Agett suggested that whatever was used kids would still grafitti on it.
Mrs Jackson asked for assurances that the weeds would be dealt with along with flytipping. Mr Agett said he would arrange this to happen as a priority and Nick Garnet would deal with it within 2 weeks including the full perimeter .
It had been raised that there were no dog fouling bins – however, Mr presdee pointed to 2 in current existence and felt these were adequate- however they could look at siting one at the opposite end of the park.
Mrs |ves said there was an ongoing issue about parking in match days on the lane from the parkstone direction
Mrs Jackson asked for plans relating to the original layout of the Park dating from the time of the conveyance as she had an original copy which she had transcribed. She pointed out that Mrs Mansfield had lived at 121 Taunton rd (South lodge) and should be commemorated for her donation within any future development on the park.
3 Dates of future Meetings; There will be an open meeting of the HCA on Thursday 8th July at 5.30pm at 1 Edinbrugh rd to discuss Mansfield park and SDC response. 16 June at 6pm
Secretary;- Cllr Brian Smedley 7c West Quay Bridgwater TA63HL tel 07772402671 email;- brian.smedley@ sedgemoor.gov.uk