The Recreation Committee’s responsibilities are:
- To consider, manage, promote and develop facilities on all Melton Parish Council land including the playing fields, pavilion, play equipment and tennis courts
- To manage and promote the woodland and trees on all Melton Parish Council land and to work with the Melton Tree Crew/Tree Warden to this end
- To manage and promote the footpaths and Rights of Way
- To act for the Council on planning matters relating to trees and Tree Preservation Orders
- To facilitate any special events, for example the Melton fete
- To consider recreational facilities for the community, especially young people
- To consider and manage the provision of litter, dog and grit bins in the village
- To manage the budget allocated to the Recreation Committee for the above
- To manage Committee communications in relation to all areas of Recreation
Councillors on the Recreation Committee are:
Cllrs Gradwell, Holmes, James, Martin, Harvey-Smith, Taylor and Cllr Porter
Mrs C McBurney is also a non-councillor member of the committee
The Recreation Committee usually meets every other month. Schedule of Council Meetings
The 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, tennis courts and a range of modern play equipment, including a zip wire, with safety surfacing aimed at all ages.
The Pavilion building will be rebuilt in the next few years and the residents will be consulted on what facilities could be provided. There are no public toilets in Melton.
The two tennis courts at the Melton Road Playing Field provide excellent hard-court facilities. To hire a court (£6 per hour) call in at the John Grose Spar shop on Melton Road or phone 01394 380664.
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. In April 2021 East Suffolk Council divested 21 parcels of land to Melton Parish Council. This includes Beresford Drive play area, Hall Farm Road Sports Ground, and the remaining public woodland adjacent to Burkes Wood.
Most of Melton Parish Council’s land is looked after under contract by our greenspace management team, CGM, who make sure that the grass and hedges are cut, and the land maintained for residents and visitors to enjoy. The play equipment is kept in good order and any occasional acts of vandalism are cleared away by Phil Donoghue, the Maintenance Officer.
The play areas are inspected regularly by the Council’s Maintenance Officer 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.
Any clubs, organisations or businesses wishing to use the facilities need to seek permission from the Parish Council first.