Recreation Committee

Melton Playing FieldThe Playing Field in Melton Road is one of the proudest possessions of the village.  It was opened in 1952 and replaced the Garrod Memorial Playing Field in Dock Lane.

The field provides football pitches, both grass and all weather with floodlighting, together with tennis courts and a fine range of modern play equipment with safety surfacing aimed at three distinct groups 0-5. 6-12 and teenagers.

New play equipment in the playground area of the playing fieldsThe field is looked after under contract by our greenspace management team, SCL, who make sure that the grass and hedges are cut, and the field maintained to the highest possible standard for residents and visitors to enjoy. The play equipment is kept in good order and the signs of occasional vandalism are cleared away by Phil Donoghue, the Village Handyperson.  Phil carries out important maintenance tasks across the parish; unfortunately he also has to deal with litter and dog mess left behind by some of our visitors.

The tennis courts provide excellent hard court facilities for tennis fans - call in at the John Grose Spar Shop to book a court.

The playing fields adjoin Burkes Wood, a part of Melton Woods, which also belongs to the village having been given by the late Sir Roland and Lady Burke.

The recreation committee is responsible for the management and promotion of the playing fields, Burkes Wood, footpaths and rights of way, pavilion, play equipment, and the tennis courts.


Councillors on the Recreation Committee are:

Cllrs Gradwell, Holmes, Martin,Taylor and West and Cllr Porter (ex officio)

Mrs E Ashford and Mrs C McBurney are also a non-councillor member of the committee

On 24 February 2016, Recreation Committee adopted a Management Plan for Burkes Wood. The report and its appendices are as follows:

Burkes Wood Management Plan

Appendix A - site location

Appendix B - significant trees

Appendix C - sub-compartments

Appendix D - 1st year work plan

The play area is inspected regularly by the Council's Handyperson and condition reports submitted to the Parish Clerk. There is an annual inspection carried out (usually in July) by an independent professional organisation called The Play Inspection Company. For their annual inspection report for 2017 <click here>




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Supporting papers

REC(18)05 Draft Business Plan 2018 Issue 1

REC(18)06.03 Playing field hire

REC(18)07.02 Tree inspection quotation


Minutes of the previous meeting

15 November 2017


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Complete list <click here>
Southern boundary <click here>
Northern boundary <click here>
Western boundary <click here>
Pond <click here>
Trees <click here>

Bird Survey carried out in Burkes Wood May 2016 <click here>

Supplementary Planning Guidance SP15 <click here>

Young Peoples Working Group Report <click here>