Moulton Seas End Ward Recreation Trust committee is disbanded after outcry from villagers over running of playing field
Trustees in charge of running Moulton Seas End Playing Field have been stripped of their roles after complaints from villagers.
A special meeting has been called to form a new committee for the Moulton Seas End Ward Recreation Trust after claims of audited accounts not being submitted and annual general meetings not being advertised.
Moultons Parish Council took the decision to disband the trust’s committee during a fiery meeting at Moulton Community Centre on Tuesday when about 20 villagers from Moulton Seas End turned up to raise their concerns about trustees’ actions.
During the meeting, villager Rosemary Frost, said: “I’ve lived in Moulton Seas End for five years and, although I don’t know all of the issues, it seems to me that the management of the playing field should be taken on by the parish council.”
Another villager, Rachel Walton, told parish councils they had “failed in their duty” in not asking to see audited accounts for the trust going back five years.
Speaking to the Spalding Guardian yesterday, villager Peter Breach said: “There has always been a problem with the trust in holding annual general meetings and drawing up accounts regularly.
“I do understand that it’s been a job to find volunteers who are prepared to be involved in the trust which has been going for some years.
“But it has appeared to members of the public that the people who were trustees weren’t prepared to do the job properly and I know this has been quite a long-standing cause of concern in the village.”
According to a report from June 2015, the trust was formed 20 years earlier “for the purpose of providing the healthy recreation of the inhabitants of the parish”.
Between five and 15 people aged 18 and over who live in Moulton Seas End can serve as a trustee, with committee meetingsmeant to take place four times a year, along with an annual general meeting.
In a statement, a parish council spokesman said: “The current playing field trustees and committee are no longer in post due to a constitutional technicality.
“Therefore, an extraordinary general meeting has been arranged at Moulton Seas End Village Hall on Tuesday, September 24, at 7pm to form a new committee.”