Plans for the future of Hethersett Memorial Playing Field were discussed at the second of two special workshops at the weekend.
Representatives from numerous village groups including Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club, Hethersett Memorial Playing Field Trustees, Hethersett Society, Hethersett Environmental Action Team, Hethersett Pensioners’ Association, Hethersett Parish Council, Hethersett Memorial Playing Field Bowls Club, Hethersett Athletic Football Club and Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club got together at Woodcote Sheltered Housing complex to discuss enhancing and improving the field as a place of play and recreation for all ages.
The workshop, which was led by Community Design Group The Glass-House, was part of an ongoing planning process looking at all the public open spaces in the village.
“We want to recognise the heritage of the playing field and make it a welcoming place with more recreational facilities for all ages,” said chair of Hethersett Memorial Playing Field Trustees Simon Floyd.
The meeting discussed short, medium and long term aims for the land which is used by sports clubs and the public. This year saw the opening of new play equipment and one of the major pushes over the next few years will be to provide a purpose built and eco friendly sports and community hall to replace the current outdated and poor facilities.
In the short term the trustees will be looking to set-up a Friends of the Field support group, improve communication with residents, find out what facilities young people would like to see, enhance sports facilities and set aside an area for petanque.
Other aims include putting together a wildlife strategy for the area, providing a peripheral walk around the outside of the field, increasing car parking, additional tree and plant planting and incorporating the field into a general village green spaces strategy. Other matters discussed included additional seating and picnic areas, a sensory and memorial garden, memorial plaques, landscaping and a cultural area for outdoor plays and events.
“We want to provide a playing field that is right for Hethersett and which improves local people’s health and well being,” Simon Floyd added.
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