Recreation Committee Update
1) SECURING ESTIMATES After initial contact with 6 companies, appropriately detailed estimates have been received from 4 of these for the next priorities - the Young Children's play Area and the Adventure/Fitness Trail. In each case, the costs are in the region of 25K plus VAT.
2)SELECTING A CONTRACTOR The companies in contention are all fairly local and come with good recommendations. They are Streetscape (Selby), Playscheme (Elvington), lmage (Sheriff Hutton) and Ludus (Tollerton). By the time this Newsletter is published, a team of representatives from the Recreation Committee will have visited each of these firms and sites they have developed to evaluate suitability against a set of agreed criteria. Even with this process, the final choice will not be easy.
3) SEEKING FUNDING clearly, with 2 projects of this size, it is necessary to seek grants from appropriate sources. In the case of the Young Children's Play Area, we hope to secure support from the Leader Project through their Basic Service Priorities No. 5. This is concerned with supporting local development of small-scalerecreational infrastructure and community sport, such as play facilities and provision for young people. The other bid in preparation, for the Adventure/Fitness Trail, is to the Big Lottery Fund in relation to their programme of Changing Spaces. This initiative aims to help local community groups to create spaces which include play areas. Watch this space!
Since the December Newsletter, it is very pleasing to report that Mark Gambles has agreed to join the Recreation Area Committee. He brings valuable expertise as well as a welcome link with the village Youth Club. Finally, in response to comments, particularly from adults in the village, we plan to include a small picnic/seating area in the Spring/Summer timescale of development. We have already received a very kind offer of funding for a seat from a member of the community who wishes to remain anonymous. Hopefully, efforts to secure support from Broadacres Community Development Fund for further seating will prove to be successful. The year 2010 looks set to be very busy!