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2010/06/07 Playground

7th June 2010

32 Un-confirmed Minutes of a Meeting of the Silverdale Children’s Playground Charity Trustees held in the Silverdale Institute on Monday, 7th June 2010.

33 Present:  Chairman  –  Councillor T.G. (Terry) Bond, E. (Eve) Holden, A.J. (Tony) Houghton, S.L. (Shirley) Mason, A. (Anne) McNaughton and P.N. (Paul) Williams, the Deputy Clerk  –  S.D. (Sue) Hayward and 3 members of the public.

34 Apologies for Absence:  Councillors A.W. (Arthur) Graves and J.S. (John) Taylor and the Clerk  – L.D. (Denise) Challenor.

35 Receipt of Declarations of Trustees’ Interests Relating to any Items Appearing on the Agenda

36 Matters Raised by Members of the Public for Future Consideration
 It was noted that there was no agenda item for members of the public to raise matters for future consideration, however, as there were members of the public present at the meeting, who wished to raise matters, the Chairman invited them to speak.

 Two residents of Elmslack Court queried the plans for the development of the playground perimeter in 2011 (as listed in the Silverdale Playground Strategic Plan 2009-2011) and repeated their dismay (expressed at the April meeting) at the siting of a bench in the playground in an elevated position close to their property as they felt that their privacy had been invaded. They asked if this Council would consider allowing the boundary hedge to grow higher in order to help screen their property if the bench could not be re-sited. The residents also asked if they could have a copy of the landscaping plans for the playground (as had been offered at the April meeting) and if a notice outlining plans for future works to the playground could be displayed in the playground.

37 Playground Report
 Councillor Williams gave a verbal report on the playground on behalf of the Playground Management Committee advising that: (1)  there are no plans to re-site the bench referred to above as the fixings for the bench are concreted-in; (2)  a notice outlining future works to the playground will be displayed, (3)  the bark under the aerial runway needs replacing, (4)  there is a trip hazard where there is a gap between the soft play surface of the playground and the grass – Mr Paul Holgate has been notified; it was noted that weekly safety checks to the playground should be carried out, (5)  at the next meeting of the Management Committee the plans for the year will be discussed, (6)  he will try to get hold of a copy of the landscaping plans as a matter of urgency.

38 Accounts
 The Deputy Clerk presented the accounts for 2009/10; it was noted that the playground account opened on 19th February 2010 with £3337.70 and that £2332.38 had been spent on litter bins and a sign for the toddler area leaving a balance of £1005.32, as at 31st March 2010, but that there had since been expenditure on a beech hedge (for which additional funds had been transferred from the Parish Council account) and that the current balance was £2.32.  RESOLVED that the Playground Management Committee look at the funding necessary for the playground.

39 Date of Next Meeting
 It was noted that the date of the next meeting is Monday, 7th December 2010.

Sue D. Hayward
Deputy Clerk to the Trustees

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