Hello, my name is Richard Hailstone, I am the Chairman of the Amenities & Leisure Committee of the Parish Council.
I am pleased to report that despite the difficulties of the past year, with three lock downs due to the COVID emergency, the Council was able to maintain key services like grass cutting and bin emptying as well as helping with welfare tasks within the community. Staff and Councillors were involved in fetching prescriptions and groceries as well as making phone calls to those shielding or self-isolating, especially during the first lockdown.
Naturally, some of our 20/21 projects were delayed by the pandemic but we were able to open our refurbished skate park in September. Unfortunately, due to its popularity and the second lockdown, it had to temporarily be closed, but we were able to run some pre-booked smaller group sessions between the second and third lockdowns.
Another project which has recently been completed is the renewal of the safety surfacing in King George V Playing Field together with an all weather path from both entrances. We also enhanced the play provision for children of all abilities with a new basket swing and other sensory items. The park reopened on Friday 19th March 2021.
You may have seen the pictures of the prize presentation for the first ‘best kept allotment’ competition in the autumn edition of Haydon Wick “Living” magazine. We hope to repeat this event in the summer.
Behind the scenes we have been exploring sites for a new depot to house our Parks & Open Spaces Team and replace the temporary provision at Goodearl allotments. We also hope to refurbish two play areas and resurface one play area, which will be included in Councillor Heyes (Chair of the Play Area Working Party) speech.
Finally I would like to thank all our staff for all their hard work, in what has been an incredibly tough year.