Community space consultation

January 2024 update

Following the various rounds of consultations concerning the village play-area and the result
of an independently managed democratic Parish vote, the Village Hall Trustees decided that a
detailed, professional review of the entire process leading up to the meeting for the vote on
Thursday 9th November would be appropriate.

The solicitor undertaking the review found that all aspects of the process had been undertaken
correctly, trustees had sought appropriate advice from specialists as necessary, had complied
with the Charity’s Constitution, Charity Commission Guidance and that the Trustees had
behaved fully in accordance with Charity Law. In addition, the solicitor further commented
that the Trustees had done much more than what was necessary or required.

The Trustees are now confident that they can proceed in accordance with the majority of the
Parishioners wishes to the next stages of the process, the first being an application for
Planning Permission to create a playground in the existing paddock. A Planning Consultant
is undertaking this work, which is expected to take around three months to get to a decision.
This joint planning application also contains the Brannon’s application for a change of use of
the current playground to become their garden.

Concurrently, the Trustees are approaching play-ground equipment suppliers to obtain a
detailed design for the new play area. Outline designs and quotations were obtained some
time ago.

Further detailed discussions are in hand with the Brannons to explore how the best interests
of our Charity may be served.

The Trustees continue to welcome comments and suggestions for perusal though, following
the community vote the final decision on any issue will now be solely the responsibility of
the Trustees.


Community Space Consultation – voting result

See text summary below graph.

Resolution: Approval to exchange the York Road Play-Area for an equal-sized plot at the rear of the Village Hall.

In Favour (Yes): 47 votes (53%)

Against (No): 42 votes (47%)

Total Votes Cast – 89


October 2023 update

Following the first village consultation in the Summer, some people felt they needed more information  – particularly financial  – in order to make a fully informed decision.  The Village Hall Trustees subsequently gathered this information and presented it, along with summaries of the three remaining options, to the villagers on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th October.  The information presented at this second consultation is shown below.

Villagers were asked to indicate their preferred option in order to assist the trustees in preparing an informed recommendation on which the village can vote.  

Exchange full play area 70%. Exchange half play area 13%. No change 17%.

Information from presentations


Legal background


Land valuations


Benefits and issues tables


Financial summaries


Previous updates

Original consulation (July 2023)

Original consultation results (July 2023)