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Help Friends to inject new life into Weymouth's Marsh playing fields
5:20am Saturday 28th September 2013 in News
CAMPAIGNERS are holding a new meeting on their plans to breathe fresh life into the Marsh playing fields in Weymouth.
It is to establish a formal constitution for the Friends of the Marsh group as they seek to safeguard and develop the popular area.
The meeting is being held at the community centre in Stavordale Road on Wednesday, October 2 at 6.30pm.
Coun Mike Byatt, one of the councillors for the area, said becoming formally constituted would allow the group to become a formal consultee with the borough council on behalf of users and residents who live nearby.
But the group would also be able to access funding and grants not available to the council to help develop the area.
Coun Byatt said: “We want to hear the views of all the different people. That includes people who use it for leisure, walking, sport and football, are interested in the running track or developing a BMX area.”
He added: “Last Sunday I counted about 200 people on the Marsh either watching or taking part in football. It is a very important venue for people.
“We want to help build enthusiasm and participation for the Marsh and take things forward.”
The group wants to take into account the interests of all the users of the Marsh as well as residents who live nearby.
Coun Byatt said that the Moonfleet Bowls Club, the swimming pool and Steps youth club would be consulted. He said that they might also take inspiration from the gardens and its friends group at Radipole.
The friends group evolved out of a campaign to safeguard the Marsh from development.
Leaders say the fields are subject to the terms of a 1964 covenant between the then operating council, the National Playing Fields Association, and the successors of either, which effectively prevents the removal or reduction of The Marsh as a recreational area. Local teams have played matches at the Marsh for many years but the area is also home to the Moonfleet 2000 Indoor Bowls Club.
The Marsh also has a running track but there have been calls for the facilities to be upgraded as part of the Olympic legacy, Call Coun Byatt on 01305 786068 or visit the Friend of the Marsh page on Facebook for details.
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