Steering group formed to progress Ilton sports field plan
By jashby1 | Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 12:00
Following a two day public consultation a steering group has been formed to progress the acquisition of land for a sports field in Ilton.
The Church of St. Peter in the historic Somerset town of Ilton.
Ilton, located 2 miles north of Ilminster and noted in the Doomsday Book of 1086AD, has been trying to obtain a sports field for many years.
The visionary plan proposes using seed monies combining funds already obtained by the parish council and those pledged by the Warren Trust, together with their support to secure substantial additional funding to deliver top class facilities.
Lee Hart, Vice-Chair of Ilton Parish Council and Chair of the steering group working on the development said: "The shared vision is for sports pitches, a multi-use games area, changing rooms and parking along with 6 modestly sized new houses and 3 barn-conversion type houses in place of some existing run-down barns, all of which are subject to the usual planning process.
"The consultation enabled the members of the parish to come and talk to us to see what we are aiming to achieve on the land and it was very well received by the community.
"We are very excited by the prospect of a fantastic sports facility that has been lacking in Ilton. We are working closely with community groups, SSDC and the current landowner, the Warren Trust, to deliver this vision and give kids and adults somewhere decent to kick a ball around as well as a venue for other sports and events that will prove to be an enormous asset to our village and the surrounding area.
"Once we have this in place, we can then proceed with our plans to upgrade the existing play area too."
District Councillor Sue Steele commented: "The opportunity for Ilton Community to achieve its goal of excellent sports fields, catering for all ages, is a very exciting project; for it to succeed it will need the continued support of Parish Council, Village Hall , Ilton Cricket Club, The Warren Trust , SSDC & the people of Ilton."