PLAYING FIELD: A line should be drawn under this matter

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Many South Holland residents will be aware of the review by the Charity Commission regarding the running of the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field in Spalding by its trustee, South Holland District Council.

This has been both time-consuming and come at a financial cost. However, it was necessary to fully address the challenges made to the trustee by members of the public, including Spalding Community Campaign.

The commission was satisfied that the council understands its duties as a trustee and has made decisions properly about managing the facility.

During the review, the trustee proposed some changes to the future operation of the charity, including the formation of a task group to consider ongoing public use, and introducing a revised, clearer booking form. These proposals are under way and the task group is gathering information and will report to the appropriate bodies in due course.

Whilst I acknowledge Spalding Community Campaign’s continued interest in the matter (Readers’ View, Spalding Guardian, April 10), in light of all of the above I believe it is the right time to say – as portfolio holder for community with responsibility for operational aspects of the field – that a line should be drawn under the matter and no further correspondence will be entered into on these particular issues.

May I close by saying that, as always, the council is committed to getting the best use of the field for the inhabitants of Spalding.

Coun Nick Worth

Deputy leader, South Holland District Council