Minutes of the Play Committee Meeting
       held on Tuesday 27 August 2002 at 7.03pm in the Community Centre

Present:   M Ellwood (chair)   EH Baker   JE Coston   CJ Lock   A Macpherson
           D May (cricket) HM Smith RLE Waters
           In attendance:  CF Nunn
           The clerk SJ Daniels
333/02 1   Co-option of new members
           The chairman welcomed two new members Hayley Ashford and Alan Weeks.
           Alan was unable to be present but was keen to serve on the committee.
           AGREED to co-opt both on to the committee.
       2   Apologies for absence  -  L Henderson   K Finney   D Teeboon   A Weeks   

334/02 3   Minutes -  The minutes of the meeting of 29 May 02 were approved and
           signed as a true record.  
335/02 4   Matters Arising
(251/02)   Skate Park  [reference also min 293/02 (Youth), 311/02 (Council) and 332/02
           (MYCMG)] - approximately 20,500 had been received/pledged. A bid for a
           2,000 grant from the Foundation for Sport and the Arts was being processed.
           It was hoped that the cricket nets would be moved within two weeks. MCC had
           received grant aid to cover the cost of moving the nets. The cricket club
           were applying for grant aid also for extra netting.
           HMS and LH had met with youngsters to find out their views on the plans for
           the skate park.
           SCDC had promised a grant of 10,000 (to the Parish Council for the half
           pipe) subject to Council's agreement to insure or replace if necessary -
           MPC to discuss on 2 September.
           Tesco had agreed to allow contractors access through their fence.
           Negotiations were in hand to replace fence with something more substantial. 
           ME thanked HMS for her hard work in securing funding and for the range of
           equipment to be provided..
(252/02)   Play Inspections - RLEW and ME had tested all the equipment and found no
           significant rot in any of the wooden supports. The seesaw at The Sycamores
           had been broken (not reported by Wicksteed Inspector) and had since been
           Rota -  RLEW had inspected all play areas (item 5 below) - written report
           to follow.  

           AGREED that individual members would be responsible for regularly 
           inspecting one play area each.

           Proposed rota:
            Coles Road     JEC
            The Sycamores  EHB and CJL
            Hawthorn Hedge AW
            The Rowans     HA
            Froment Way    RLEW
            Humphries Way  DM

           ME and RLEW would organise forking over of play bark at Froment Way,
           Humphries Way and the Sycamores (see item 5 below).

           AGREED to ask Herald Contract Services to supply 15m3 of play bark at The 
           Rowans and to weed spray the play area. 

           Action: Clerk.

           City Services - The clerk had not received a reply from City Services
           to his letter dated 30 May 02.

(253/02)   Safety Surfaces
           CFN had obtained quotations ranging from £8,491 to £11,515 for a
           rubberised safety surface at the toddlers' play area Coles Road.  

           AGREED subject to further investigation to recommend that MCC replace the 
                  bark at the toddlers' play area with a rubberised surface at a cost
                  of up to £10,000.

           Action:  CFN and Outdoor Recreation Committee MCC. 

           Reminder:  Reference minute 253/02 and 254/02 Committee would need to
           consider in November/December budget requirements for 2003/04

336/02 5   Play Areas
           RLEW reported the following:
           Humphries Way - action needed - weed spraying and digging of bark. Top
           pivot bolts on swing need to be replaced soon.
           Froment Way - motorbike has been repainted and replaced. Wooden edging to
           toddlers' area had been removed - no need to replace. Maypole seats would
           soon need to be replaced.  Action needed - digging of bark.
           The Rowans - action needed - weed spraying, repair to gate post and fence.
           Recommendation:  that committee budget to replace fence in 2003/04.
           The Sycamores - bolt missing on "wobbler" - CFN to replace.
           Action needed - weed spraying of bark.
           Hawthorn Hedge - satisfactory.
           Coles Road - satisfactory. (Wicksteed's report was discussed - no further
           action considered necessary).

337/02 6   AOB
           Play Inspections - it was queried whether Committee should look elsewhere
           for the annual inspection in view of members' lack of confidence in

The meeting ended at 9.10pm.