Alvechurch Parish Council have proposed some significant changes to the playing fields behind the village hall.
During 2019, several options had been put forward involving the creation of a car park to alleviate parking problems associated with visiting youth football teams. None of these options were taken forward.
July 2020 – Councillor Mark Worrall published a further proposal, which can be read in full here, along with Mark Worrall’s introduction.
During the presentation to the Village Hall Trustees and the RGA Executive, some concerns were raised about the suggested cost benefits of the proposal as well as the proposed increased commercialisation of the playing fields. The discussion also made reference to an alternative proposal from the Village Hall Trustees, which requested that they be given responsibility for the management of the playing fields.
Both proposals were discussed during a Council meeting on 27th July 2020, during which Nan Fellows represented the Village Hall Trustees.
Prior to the meeting, a number of residents had contacted Alvechurch Parish Council (APC) to express their concerns/reservations regarding the Mark Worrall proposal and to express support for the Village Hall Trustees proposal.
The full minutes of the meeting can be viewed here (Items 12A and 12B are the relevant items)
In addition, some appendices to the minutes are available for viewing :
Village Hall Trustees proposal (put forward by Councillor Tony Wallis)
A paper written by Councillor John Cypher outlining the aims to market/commercialise the playing fields
As can be seen in the minutes, the conclusion of the meeting was :
To note recent leasing / partnership options for Rowney Green playing fields and to delegate their
further investigation to a Council /RGVH trustee working group. The Working Group to then present
specific proposals to Full Council no later than the end of September 2020’.
It was agreed that representatives from RGVHT and the Council would arrange to meet as soon as
possible (early September) to discuss acceptable proposals, and that in the meantime both parties would
consider what they consider to be acceptable Terms and Conditions for inclusion in such a document.
Following a meeting with the Parish Council, the Trustees of Rowney Green Village Hall have agreed to form a working group to discuss the possibility of an agreement with them, so that the Trustees take on responsibility for the finances and management of and future improvements to the park.
The first meeting is planned for 29th September. A questionnaire which requests feedback on suitable activities, and those which would not be considered appropriate has been issued to all properties in the village. These replies are being collated and summarised in readiness for the meeting.