Ilminster Football Club pitch to be repaired after £1,400 fairground damage

Ilminster Football Club pitch to be repaired after £1,400 fairground damage

Ilminster Football Club pitch to be repaired after £1,400 fairground damage

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YOUNG footballers in Ilminster were jumping for joy this week after it was agreed to repair their pitch damaged by the fairground earlier this year.

Large chunks were taken out of the pitch at the recreation ground following the fair in June, sparking fears it may affect the start of the playing season as youngsters ran the risk of injury.

But Ilminster town councillors voted in favour of tackling the problem and have agreed to pay £1,400 to help re-seed and level the pitch.

Ilminster Youth Football Club chairman Jamie Lee said he was extremely thankful the work will soon go ahead.

He added: “It was the weight of the equipment that was stood on the pitch for a week which caused a big rutt.

“Gradually, with the wet weather, it has not been as bad but it still does need repairing.

“We did question why the fair was going on the pitches and we were told by the town council it was a one-off and that they would repair any damage caused. We thank the council for agreeing to repair the pitch – this is very positive news.”

The club has about 150 children aged six to 18, including boys’ and girls’ teams that use the facilities on the recreation ground.

The cost of the repairs is £1,400 but town councillors agreed the company running the fair should forfeit its £400 deposit.

Cllr Carol Goodall said she visited the ground and her assessment was that it was not suitable for youngsters or adults to play football.

She added: “It is quite rough to put it mildly in some places.”

Normally, councillors would get quotations from three companies before taking on work around the town but they agreed to accept the fee, on a one-off basis, in a bid to get the work done quickly for the start of the season.

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11:46am Thu 28 Aug 14

Ilminster Res says...

I hope the Town Council intend seeking reimbursement from the fairground for the remaining £1000? Lesson to be learnt for the future perhaps - ensure a deposit large enough to cover potential damage is secured before such events.
I hope the Town Council intend seeking reimbursement from the fairground for the remaining £1000? Lesson to be learnt for the future perhaps - ensure a deposit large enough to cover potential damage is secured before such events. Ilminster Res
  • Score: 8

10:48pm Thu 28 Aug 14

highwayhell says...

Don't understand why this is a news story. Council said they would repair any damage, Damage was done. Council repairing damage. Question is why were they stupid enough to allow it to happen and are now £1000 down. I am sure that money could have been better spent in the Town.
Don't understand why this is a news story. Council said they would repair any damage, Damage was done. Council repairing damage. Question is why were they stupid enough to allow it to happen and are now £1000 down. I am sure that money could have been better spent in the Town. highwayhell
  • Score: 5

12:17am Fri 29 Aug 14

orchardman says...

So, why is the council footing the bill for the majority of the cost. It was only a short while ago they were telling us the budget didn't run to the normal trimming etc. of the open spaces. Surely when agreeing the fair could use the area, it was made clear that the operators of the fair would be liable for the FULL cost of any necessary restoration, NOT the Ilminster taxpayer. Quite frankly, the sooner our Chairperson of Open Spaces hangs up her boots and rides off into the sunset the better, but not before she gets whoever trimmed the hedge between the rec and Canal Way to finish the job by tidying up those areas around lamp posts and signs. Mind you, her committee is doing a good job of turning the area around Frog Lane into a wildlife area.
So, why is the council footing the bill for the majority of the cost. It was only a short while ago they were telling us the budget didn't run to the normal trimming etc. of the open spaces. Surely when agreeing the fair could use the area, it was made clear that the operators of the fair would be liable for the FULL cost of any necessary restoration, NOT the Ilminster taxpayer. Quite frankly, the sooner our Chairperson of Open Spaces hangs up her boots and rides off into the sunset the better, but not before she gets whoever trimmed the hedge between the rec and Canal Way to finish the job by tidying up those areas around lamp posts and signs. Mind you, her committee is doing a good job of turning the area around Frog Lane into a wildlife area. orchardman
  • Score: 6

8:47am Fri 29 Aug 14

Dick Turpin Works For Council says...

This one is quite easy, so easy that even the Council can get their heads round it.
The fair are expecting to roll up in a little over a months' time with the full expectation of charging our youngsters several quid a pop for rides lasting just over a minute. They should be told in no uncertain terms that they will be denied entry to Ilminster unless they pay IN FULL for the damage done in the summer and unless they increase the size of the bond they pay prior to this visit.
See, I told you it was easy................
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This one is quite easy, so easy that even the Council can get their heads round it. The fair are expecting to roll up in a little over a months' time with the full expectation of charging our youngsters several quid a pop for rides lasting just over a minute. They should be told in no uncertain terms that they will be denied entry to Ilminster unless they pay IN FULL for the damage done in the summer and unless they increase the size of the bond they pay prior to this visit. See, I told you it was easy................ .... Dick Turpin Works For Council
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