Petition launched to 'Save Britten's Field' in Ilminster

Chard & Ilminster News: Petition launched to 'Save Britten's Field' in Ilminster Petition launched to 'Save Britten's Field' in Ilminster

PEOPLE against plans to revamp the Wharf Lane recreation ground in Ilminster have launched a petition to ‘Save Britten’s Field’.

More than 30 people attended the group’s first meeting and they have handed out forms to show they are opposed to the plans, which include relocating sports pitches and providing car parking spaces, paths, plants and play equipment.

Susan Moore, of Ilminster, who set up the campaign, told the News the council was not listening and hoped the petition showed the strength of feeling about the plans.

She added: “It seems to be a bizarre move – we set up the petition because we want to leave the football and cricket clubs where they are and leave Britten’s Field open.

“There is a football pitch there at the moment that anybody can use and I am hoping at the next town council meeting people realise this is not best for Ilminster.”

Plans to build a new clubhouse for Ilminster Football Club at the bottom of Britten’s Field – with the club moving from its current Wharf Lane site – along with a parking area and children’s play facilities, were approved at January’s town council meeting.

The clubhouse would include four player changing rooms, two referee rooms and a social room which would also be available to the community.

Carol Goodall, chairman of the open spaces review group, said she knows some people are not happy but stressed the town council was looking to the future.

She added: “The town is growing and there are youth groups who do not have the provision for sports or it is a bit limited. We have to look to improve that.”

Bosses at Ilminster Football Club have been working on the move for more than a decade and said it would secure the club’s future.

In October last year, Ilminster Cricket Club officials told the News they were worried the changes could lead to the club losing thousands of pounds and see scores of players leaving.

Susan Moore said she will be at Britten’s Field from 9-10am on Sunday if anyone would like to sign the petition.

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3:08pm Fri 14 Mar 14

QuillPen says...

A car park would be a good idea so that Canal Way can revert to being a road not a car park. At the moment people can't be bothered to walk the short distance from the Wharf Lane car park to the rec. And they are supposed to be fit sportspeople?
A car park would be a good idea so that Canal Way can revert to being a road not a car park. At the moment people can't be bothered to walk the short distance from the Wharf Lane car park to the rec. And they are supposed to be fit sportspeople? QuillPen
  • Score: -21

9:50pm Sat 15 Mar 14

orchardman says...

Apart from the weekends, the main use of Brittens field is by people from far and wide exercising dogs, a good few of whom seem to think because of the location, there is no need to clear up the dogs 'doings', and who regularly park in front of the 'Keep Clear' sign on the access gate, not to mention regarding the adjacent surgery car park being there for their benefit!. It has to be said that the current football clubs facilities are probably a bit of an embarrassment when entertaining visiting teams, and as QuillPen says, should the development happen, the provision of off road parking will certainly improve traffic flow on Canal Way. Hopefully, the Chairman of the open spaces committee will include off road parking in any planned improvement to the existing football area, or even apply to extend the double yellows, both sides for the length of Canal Way from the new surgery to Wharf Lane (even though there won't be anyone to enforce them!). Also, before the council talk of increasing the parish precept of council tax to pay for this idea, let's not forget the increase of a couple of years ago which I believe raised c.£70-80k to pay for a MUGA on the recreation ground that we're still waiting for!. As for the cricket club, over the years they've been anti virtually any proposals put forward, therefore they're masters of their own fate and how they can lose thousands of pounds and hundreds of members is hard to see. It's hardly Lords!.
Apart from the weekends, the main use of Brittens field is by people from far and wide exercising dogs, a good few of whom seem to think because of the location, there is no need to clear up the dogs 'doings', and who regularly park in front of the 'Keep Clear' sign on the access gate, not to mention regarding the adjacent surgery car park being there for their benefit!. It has to be said that the current football clubs facilities are probably a bit of an embarrassment when entertaining visiting teams, and as QuillPen says, should the development happen, the provision of off road parking will certainly improve traffic flow on Canal Way. Hopefully, the Chairman of the open spaces committee will include off road parking in any planned improvement to the existing football area, or even apply to extend the double yellows, both sides for the length of Canal Way from the new surgery to Wharf Lane (even though there won't be anyone to enforce them!). Also, before the council talk of increasing the parish precept of council tax to pay for this idea, let's not forget the increase of a couple of years ago which I believe raised c.£70-80k to pay for a MUGA on the recreation ground that we're still waiting for!. As for the cricket club, over the years they've been anti virtually any proposals put forward, therefore they're masters of their own fate and how they can lose thousands of pounds and hundreds of members is hard to see. It's hardly Lords!. orchardman
  • Score: -1

11:18am Sun 16 Mar 14

QuillPen says...

Double yellow lines the whole of Canal Way - excellent idea.

Including on the roundabouts as people park on or very close to them, causing problems for other drivers.

Funny how many people give negative votes, yet don't post comments. Why not explain why you don't agree? It would carry more weight than a thumbs down, which could just as well be somebody messing about.
Double yellow lines the whole of Canal Way - excellent idea. Including on the roundabouts as people park on or very close to them, causing problems for other drivers. Funny how many people give negative votes, yet don't post comments. Why not explain why you don't agree? It would carry more weight than a thumbs down, which could just as well be somebody messing about. QuillPen
  • Score: -15

10:01am Mon 17 Mar 14

Dick Turpin Works For Council says...

The parking situation in Canal Way is, quite simply, all about enforcement or, more accurately, lack of it.
There is neither the will or the resource to dish out a few parking tickets to those cretins who:
1. Park half on the road, half on the cycle path
2. Park on the zig-zags at the pedestrian crossings
3. Park over the entrance to Brittens Field
4. Use the Doctors Surgery car park
Parking legally in Canal Way is just that i.e. legal, but any of 1-4 (above), are illegal.
The parking situation in Canal Way is, quite simply, all about enforcement or, more accurately, lack of it. There is neither the will or the resource to dish out a few parking tickets to those cretins who: 1. Park half on the road, half on the cycle path 2. Park on the zig-zags at the pedestrian crossings 3. Park over the entrance to Brittens Field 4. Use the Doctors Surgery car park Parking legally in Canal Way is just that i.e. legal, but any of 1-4 (above), are illegal. Dick Turpin Works For Council
  • Score: -7

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