Chairman’s report, September 2016

Anne Prior, the Parish Council chairman, writes:

Wellesbourne Sports & Community Centre

The work on the building is coming to an end and it should be handed over in September. The walls are being painted and the flooring is being laid.

The Council has agreed to borrow the money to install the MUGA as it feels that this will make a significant contribution to the village facilities and answer some of the requests brought up during the consultation on the Neighbourhood Plan and other meetings we have held.

The MUGA will include two football pitches and two tennis courts. There will also be a netball court laid out on the surface. The MUGA will be floodlit and all weather. Everyone will be able to book these facilities. It may be that a tennis club would like to set up and use the courts, a group of you could book a football pitch for a social evening playing sport. The uses of the MUGA are great.

We are looking to have a gym in the building and there will be a room to book for classes and other activities, educational, social, meetings etc. There are also changing rooms for those people using the facilities and good kitchen facilities.

Currently, the charity is being set up to run the building for the parish. We are looking for trustees to be part of this venture. If you have skills to offer or are keen to be involved in this new venture, please contact me on or 01789 842103. Do become a part of this.

Reporting crime or other incidents

Recently we had a meeting with the Safer Neighbourhood Team which was very useful. If you see something happening or are concerned about anything you should contact them on 101. Ask for your call to be logged and let the police know what is happening. Your name will be kept out of the matter, it will not become known that you have made the report. It is important to report crime or anti-social behaviour because a pattern of behaviour across the village is built up and this informs the priorities for policing.

 Parking restrictions

You will have seen the parking restriction signs going up around the village. There is no intention of charging for parking. The purpose of the parking restrictions is to make it easier to go to the shops and facilities in the village by ensuring that traffic moves on and does not park all day in the centre.

Chedham’s Yard

As you know, the Parish Council owns Chedham’s Yard in trust for the village. The volunteers there are running an extensive programme of activities during the season and I hope you have made use of your passes and the free entry this year to go down there. You might also be interested in the free concert being held on Friday September 9.

• The Parish Council is looking for trustees to represent them on the board of trustees at Chedham’s Yard. You do not need to be a Parish Councillor. If you are interested, please contact me in the first instance.