Minutes of the Play Committee Meeting held on Wednesday 8 January 2003 at 7.30pm in the Community Centre Present: M Ellwood (chair) H Ashford JE Coston K Finney L Henderson CJ Lock HM Smith T Feetenby RLE Waters A Weeks The clerk SJ Daniels 35/03 1 Co-option of new member The chairman welcomed Theresa Feetenby. AGREED to co-opt Theresa on to the committee. 36/03 2 Apologies for absence - EH Baker D May D Teeboon 37/03 3 Minutes - The minutes of the meeting of 27 August 02 were approved and signed as a true record. 4 Matters Arising 38/03 Skate Park - should be finished by end the week. There was a (335/02) shortfall of £569 - would ask Finance Committee if MPC would pay. HMS also to apply to WREN. There was extra cost also for banking and seeding around edge of skate park. Repairs to ruts caused by skate park construction need to be done by March. 39/03 Annual Play Inspections - City Services had promised to arrange (336/02) for their inspector to discuss inspections with the clerk on 1 October. The clerk was still waiting. It was suggested that the committee try Recreational Supply Services. Action: the clerk 40/03 5 Play Areas Monthly Inspections: Coles Road - RLEW and E Belcher had repaired a space-net steel rope damaged by a hacksaw. (Quotation to repair was £1,000). Rubberised surface was extremely good. ME and/or TF to take on regular inspection of Coles Road. The Sycamores - broken retaining clip on see saw, new sign needed, swings to be monitored and hole in fence between basketball and skate park. MCC to be informed. Action: the clerk Hawthorn Hedge - area around play houses very muddy. Bark to be spread. Rowans - Herald Contract Services had declined to supply only the bark. HA would investigate price of supplying 20 cubic metres of bark (15 for Rowans and 5 for Hawthorn Hedge). ME and RLEW to check links on swing. Froment Way - fine. RLEW had dug the bark and put up a new sign. Thanks to RLEW. Humphries Way - volunteers to dig bark on Saturday 18 January at 9.30am. Thanks to all for completing the regular inspections. 41/03 6 Budget 2003-04 Long Term Plans: An inventory of all play areas, equipment including manufacturers and life expectancy needs to be completed before the committee could even consider starting a rolling ten year plan of rubberised surfaces, replacement equipment etc. Action: ?? AGREED that a fence was needed at The Rowans (to keep out dogs). The clerk to ask for quotations to extend the wooden fence (and as an alternative quotations for a metal fence). Action: the clerk AGREED to ask for £3,000 for maintenance/emergency repairs and £3,000 capital costs for Rowans fence and bark. The meeting ended at 8.50pm.