Council Decides To Keep Sports Pitches Under Direct Control

We’ve been told that the council’s cabinet decided last night to keep the new sports pitches by the Rayleigh Leisure Centre under it’s direct control . The council will NOT be leasing the land to any local club like Rayleigh Boys or Hambro Colts.

We understand that the decision was supported by every member of the Conservative Group.

This is the rough sketch map of a likely layout that we showed here a few months ago:

Sketch map of Proposed Football Pitches

We’ll write some more when we know more….

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Corey
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So does this mean that they are going to be rented out by the hour?? Which in turn will mean, extra traffic every night causing inconvenience for us poor residents who are already suffering! It will also mean that these will not be looked after in the same way as allowing one club exclusivity.

Another example where the council is not listening to the people to which it serves.

Mike Nobes
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Good point Corey, is the council prepared to foot the bill when the pitches need work doing to the pitch, goal posts etc.? Have they thought about how far in advance the pitches would need to be booked up or how much they will charge the clubs to use them? A club basis its season on a set number of home games, if it can only rent the pitch for a few games a season why rent them at all. Maybe I am wrong and there is a very good reason for doing it this way, I would be very… Read more »
Karen
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Corey I believe you have hit the nail on the head,attached is the E Mail sent to all Managers and Coaches at Rayleigh Boys by the Chairman. Further to last nights meeting of Rochford Council Executive Committee the decision was made that the pitches will remain in Council hands and not leased out to any club to up keep. The decision was made due to the comments made by Councillor John Pullen who said the general consensus of the west area committee that they could not decide who to give it to out of the clubs so the fairest thing… Read more »
Chris Black
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Martin / Karen You must feel gutted over this. For myself, I didn’t want to make my mind up until I had all the information I wanted, on what each club wanted to do, and officers advice on what size club was suitable for the site. I’m quite angry that I’ve never received this info. For example, I only knew about Rayleigh Boys thoughtful idea of inviting two residents onto their committee because I saw Martin at the West Area committee. The discussion at the West Area Cttee was very vague because the report wasn’t detailed enough. No vote was… Read more »
Mike Nobes
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Karen/Martin, I am at my wits end to understand how a decision like this can be made. It is the worst of all scenarios. at least if a club had been allowed to lease the pitches it would have been straightforward, now everything is still undecided and the worst thing about it is the youngsters will not understand why. All they want to do is play football. It would have made more sense and have been more economical for the council to lease the pitches and let the club bear the cost of the upkeep. It was a very sensible… Read more »
Mike Nobes
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Hi Kris, I don’t think you will get that type of reply from Admin on this website. I think he was as disappointed as all of us as to the outcome. It was the Tory Council who made that decision and as they have just been voted back in I can’t see much will change. Pity.

Essex Bridleways Association
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Essex Bridleways Association
Hi Kris, As Admin says the length of time is not unusual. The pathway route from Priory Chase to Sweyne Park was first requested in 2001! You were not the only one ringing on a weekly basis for its completion since the Leisure Centre was opened. We had hoped for it to be round the perimeter of the field not through the middle where the football pitches will be. It was deemed the cheaper option to site the footpath/bridleway along the current route. It will not be ideal for the horses and football players mixing together Saturday/Sunday mornings and sharing… Read more »
Kris
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Admin, Mike, Thanks for your posts and support on this issue – it will be interesting to see how this develops.

Essex B’way Association – I remember you saying that you wanted it to go round the permieter which would be a far more appropriate use of the space, the hole thing does need looking at as when it rains the path floods (it sits into the land) and walking back from the station at night during the winter the only way I know I’m on course is by feeling the waves lapping over my shoes! Good old George/Taylor Whimpey.

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