Share your views on playing pitch provision - 15 May 2017

Taunton Deane Borough Council (TDBC) is inviting people to share their views as it consults on its draft Playing Pitch Strategy (PPS) from now until 2 June 2017. 

The council would like the views on the PPS from stakeholders, partners and any interested individuals or organisations.

The strategy, which is complies with Sport England guidance, focuses on football, rugby union, cricket and hockey pitches (both grass and artificial) and also provides a brief assessment of the needs of other, less played sports of rounders, American football and baseball. 

Its development has been shaped and overseen by a steering group formed of the Borough Council, sports governing bodies, the Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) and Sport England, and consultation with clubs and providers / owners of pitches has also been a core part of the process.

The PPS plays a number of important roles in sport, leisure and planning terms.  At its basic level, the PPS provides an audit of the quality, quantity and accessibility of playing pitches, establishes the current levels of demand (and therefore whether pitches are being over or under used) and forecasts demand likely to arise in future so that the appropriate level of pitch provision can be planned. 

While the strategy cannot provide a precise blueprint for change to 2028, it sets out a “direction of travel” with a number of detailed actions, recommendations and options for pitches which will need to be planned for, delivered, monitored and their impact on demand managed during the strategy timespan. 

It is then for those with an interest - clubs, providers, owners and managers of pitches - and organisations, such as TDBC, sports governing bodies and Sport England, responsible for delivery of pitches and facilities to work together on the actions, recommendations and options for pitches.

The PPS can be viewed online a paper copy is also available to view at TDBC Council Office, The Deane House, Belvedere Road, Taunton, TA1 1HE during normal opening hours.

Contact:   

- Debbie Rundle, Public and Media Relations Officer  01823356407.