Clive Parish Council
Renshaw's Field Associaion
As you are probably aware, the land known as Renshaw's Field on Drawwell was placed up for sale recently.
Councillors and residents sprang into action, with over a hundred residents attending a planning meeting in the Village Hall in July. As a result of this meeting, a working group was set up to obtain an independent valuation and to look at ways of keeping the field in the hands of the residents. At this meeting, all present agreed to a possible future increase in the parish precept (part of the Council Tax bill) to repay money borrowed to make a purchase possible.
The working group became 'Renshaw's Field Association', an independent charitable trust set up to purchase the land and manage its future. The title deeds will be held by the Official Custodian for Charities (a government office). The trust hopes to include representatives of local organisations as well as local volunteers, as the management of the site moves forward.
At the time of writing, the purchase should have been finalised. The purchase price of £80,000 plus expenses has been met by the parish council.
We had £10K in funds already saved for this eventuality and received £11.5K of CIL money from Shropshire Council. (CIL - Community Infrastructure Levy - is money collected from property developers, which is designated to help with local projects that alleviate problems resulting from extra development within a parish; in this case, an increased need for recreation space.)
The remaining amount has been achieved by taking out a Public Works Loan. As agreed at the parish council meeting in August, this will be repaid over 20 years and during this period the parish precept will have to be increased. This will mean a small increase in your Council Tax (approximately 50p per household per week).
Renshaw's Field Association has also received a donation from Grinshill Parish Council for £1,000 which will go towards on-going expenses, maintenance costs and improvements.
The Association will hold an AGM later in the year, with opportunities for local residents to get involved in the project. In the mean time, if you have any ideas, comments or suggestions - e.g. improving the entrance, installing play equipment - please speak to Peter Slark (220508) or Jack Heath (220354), or you can contact them via the Clerk.
The Parish Council and Renshaw's Field Association wish to extend huge thanks to all of the residents, the school, local organisations and other supporters who came forward so quickly to make this possible. The positive outlook and friendly cooperation shown by all has been inspiring. Everyone has pulled together to secure the future use of Renshaw's Field for all.