Support for an Artificial Grass Pitch (AGP) to serve communities in Area East

August 10, 2017

 

 

Support for an Artificial Grass Pitch (AGP) to serve communities in Area East
Area East Members have asked me to write to you regarding the aspiration to provide an
AGP for this area.
Artificial Grass Pitches (often referred to as 3G pitches) are used to provide all-weather
training and playing facilities for a range of sports but predominantly hockey, football and
netball. Some local sports teams have negotiated access to facilities in private schools but
others have to travel to Yeovil.
The South Somerset District Council Playing Pitch Strategy is currently being finalised and
the evidence is indicating that there is not enough need to justify a strategic facility to serve
the Area.
Area East members are concerned that access to this type of facility is very limited; this
denies our young people and our local clubs use of a public AGP in the Bruton, Castle Cary
and Wincanton area.
Local secondary and primary schools have no or limited access to an AGP, although they
are widely available to State schools in Yeovil and private schools in Area East. Facilities
identified in the Strategy are in private schools, with restricted or no public access, so should
not be used to disprove a need.
If the principle of improved access to this type of facility is supported by Town/Parish
Councils, with other partners and funders, it will help to build a case for a local facility. If you
are aware of local groups/teams who would benefit from an AGP, it would be very helpful if
you would consider writing a letter of support for more local access to AGP provision and
possibly consider including a small amount in your precept, as a potential contribution
towards a facility in this Area. Letters of support, from both your Council and local
teams/groups, should be addressed to the Area Development Team (East) and sent to the
above address or can be emailed to terena.isaacs@southsomerset.gov.uk
Yours sincerely

Nick Weeks
Chairman
Area East Committee

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