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2012/13 investment in pitches and pavilions: update
Culture and Leisure Committee
24 April 2012

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Purpose of report To seek approval of the proposed allocation of new investment in pitches and pavilions. Main report On 9 February the Council approved the sum of £725,000 for additional revenue investment in pitches, pavilions, play areas and allotments in the 2012/13 revenue budget. This sum was split into £600,000 for pitches and pavilions and £125,000 for play areas and allotments. A report to the 22 February meeting of the Culture and Leisure Committee stated that detailed proposals would be presented in due course. The South East Sports Facilities Project Group (SESFP) met on 16 March to plan and allocate this additional revenue funding for pitches and pavilions. The group is made up of stakeholders for outdoor pitch sports. This includes Council officers; club officials; representatives from Edinburgh Leisure; and national governing bodies for football, rugby, hockey and cricket. Representatives at the SESFP meeting agreed to recommend for approval the following breakdown of the £600,000: • £360,000 for pavilion improvement works. Approximately 20 properties across the city would benefit from essential health and safety work, heating and lighting improvements and internal and external upgrades. Feedback on the condition of some pavilions is required in order to finalise the list of intended works. An indicative list of pavilions is appended. £70,000 to purchase new grounds maintenance equipment that would enable the Council to improve the quality of pitches across the city. A further £45,000 would be used for additional pitch improvement work. £125,000 to be split between football, rugby and cricket to purchase portable goal posts, practice nets, portable floodlighting, pitch fencing, storage containers and other equipment for clubs across the city.

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If Committee approves the above programme, Culture and Sport will work closely with the various stakeholders to roll it out over the next 12 months. 1

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Financial implications The sum of £600,000 allocated for pitches and pavilions is held in the Corporate Governance revenue budget. Equalities impact This investment will contribute to health improvement and quality of life for residents of all ages. The equalities relevance score is therefore 1 and a full Equalities Impact Assessment is not required. Environmental impact This investment will have a positive environmental impact on each local area which benefits from the expenditure and will contribute to the sustainability objectives of local communities. Recommendations It is recommended that the Committee approves the proposed breakdown of this investment in pitches and pavilions. Alastair D Maclean Director of Corporate Governance

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Appendices Contact/tel/Email

1. Indicative list of pavilions Graham Croucher, Sports Officer, tel 529 7994 graham.croucher@edinburgh.gov.uk All Supports National Outcomes 1, 6, 10, 11, 12 and 14 Reports to: City of Edinburgh Council 9 February 2012 Culture and Leisure Committee 22 February 2012 Culture and Leisure Committee 28 June 2011

Wards affected Single Outcome Agreement Background Papers

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Appendix 1 Indicative list of pavilions to be upgraded Upgrades will vary depending on the condition of each pavilion but will include works such as improvements to emergency lighting, internal and external decoration, frost protection for mechanical and electrical systems, refurbishment of showers, toilets and heating and installation of building management systems. Other pavilions may be added to this list (as noted in paragraph 2.4 of the report). Arboretum Playing Fields Bangholm Recreation Ground Campbell Park Cavalry Park, Duddingston Cricket Pavilion, The Meadows Double Hedges, Kirkbrae Gyle Park Inverleith Park King George V Park Patie’s Road Ratho Village Park Saughton Public Park – two pavilions Seafield Park Sighthill Park Silverknowes Park Wardie Playing Fields Warriston – two pavilions Union Park