Minutes of the Youth/Play Committee Meeting held on Monday 22nd March 1999 at 7:35pm in the Community Centre Present: DJ Lee (chair) P Brindle JE Coston J Sandford HM Smith RJ Farrington R Day RT Summerfield L Henderson (co-opted) A Allen E Holmes PC Shulver and the clerk SJ Daniels 1. Apologies for absence: RLE Waters P Gaynord J May J Sweetman 129/99 2. Minutes The minutes of the Youth meeting of 9 February were confirmed and signed as a true record. 3. Matters Arising 130/99 Girls Group (73/99) There were not enough girls interested to make the group viable. EH was, however, keeping in contact with the girls that did show an interest. 131/99 Bus Project (74/99) As the bus would be in the garage for servicing there would be no Easter visit. Disappointment was expressed that the bus was not now attending the village - the February visit would suggest that there was still a need - since the Impington Patch was a priority area in the lottery funding bid. DJL: to request a visit during Spring Bank Holiday from the bus or, failing that, the youth workers. JEC requested an article for the Village View. 132/99 Youth Club (76/99) AA reported that the youth club had an excellent worker. Entrance charges had recently been abolished and the club opened up to a mixed age range. As a result attendances had improved. It was felt that it was more appropriate for the older ages to be catered for at a different time from the junior club. AA: to look at possibility of separating age ranges e.g. different times. The Community Education budget for 1999/2000 had been reduced to £48,000 (reduction of 8.5%). AA had decided to terminate his contract. On behalf of Council, committee thanked him for his efforts and support. 133/99 4. Minutes The minutes of the Play Committee meeting of 22 February were confirmed and signed as a true record 5. Matters Arising 134/99 'Toddlers' Play Area Coles Road (79/99) The Pre-School were still concerned about the Roll-a-Barrel, finger traps in the slide and the quality of the woodchip. AGREED to defer considering moving the Roll-a-Barrel until siting of BMX track has been finalised. The clerk: to follow up queries about slide and woodchip. 135/99 6. Quotations for BMX track, roller hockey and basketball areas (81/99) A recent meeting with almost 30 youngsters fully supported the three projects. BMX Track LH felt that a scheme similar to Trumpington was not appropriate for Coles Road and that a possible site was behind the cricket nets. The area to the side of the Country Park entrance was suggested. AGREED to defer this scheme until a firm proposal for the siting be made. Roller Hockey and Basketball Four quotations had been received. AGREED to recommend that Council support the development and accept the quotation from Anglian and Midland subject to further scrutiny of the quotations and to ask Anglian and Midland to quote for providing cabling for lights. 136/99 Quotations for swing at Humphries Way (80/99) Three quotations had been received. AGREED (by 3 votes to 2) to recommend that Council accept the quotation of £2553 from Playdale for a double swing with a rubber safety surface. It was felt that though Wicksteed's swing had side barriers as a safety feature the Playdale swing, being made of wood, was more appropriate at Humphries Way. Noted that a request was made that the play committee consider a 'Spider' rope climbing structure. Next Youth meeting to be held in June - exact date to be agreed. The meeting ended at 9.15pm.