Trust wins planning permission for new games area

On the site of the planned multi-use games area in Minskip are, from left, villagers James Drake, David Johnson, Minskip Community Field Trust chairman Eric Glegg, Sue Knowles, Abi Knowles and Paul Sadler. (111008M2)
On the site of the planned multi-use games area in Minskip are, from left, villagers James Drake, David Johnson, Minskip Community Field Trust chairman Eric Glegg, Sue Knowles, Abi Knowles and Paul Sadler. (111008M2)

Villagers in Minskip are one step closer to building a modern sports facility for their community.

Planners at Harrogate Borough Council have given the go-ahead for a multi-use games area (MUGA) to be built next to the playground on Minskip’s village field on Main Street.

“It will place a much-wanted facility within walking distance of all the village to allow people to enjoy sports that they can’t do at the minute in Minskip,” said Eric Glegg, chairman of Minskip Community Field Trust which is behind the project.

The MUGA will be able to accommodate five-a-side football, tennis, netball and other activities for children and adults.

Mr Glegg said the charity trust was now in negotiations with a number of companies to discuss costs for building the facility, which he hopes will be opened by late-summer next year.

Getting planning permission for the MUGA is the latest step in a long campaign by the trust to establish access to the site and build a playground, community hall, car park, grassed areas for sport and recreation, and wildlife areas.

The project has gone ahead thanks to the generosity of funders, individual donations and fundraising events – including a metal detecting weekend which unearthed Roman coins.

The trust hopes 2012 will see the completion of the access road, car park and the wildlife areas in addition to the already extensive tree and hedge-planting.

It will now seek funding for the MUGA from various grant-awarding bodies as well as holding further community events to raise money towards the facility.