Gilberdyke Parish Council has been offered approx. 35 acres of land surrounding the Ings View sports field. The existing site, on which the present sports facilities and Scout group are located was purchased by the Parish Council through the council precept in 1992, and is let to the Gilberdyke & District Leisure Assn (GDLA) and the Scouts for a peppercorn rent of £1 per year.
The Parish Council decided to proceed with the purchase of the land for further community leisure facilities (subject to conditions) and is due to enter negotiations with the landowner in the near future. Due to the relatively short timeframe it was agreed that the initial option be to purchase the additional land using the same method as the original site, by obtaining a mortgage and repaying through the precept, but at the same time looking for matched funding from external agencies.
It was a difficult decision for the Parish Council as it was a ‘one off opportunity’, but many members of the community have indicated that they would like more facilities for leisure especially for young people. Once the purchase of the land has gone through it will be up to the community to decide what facilities are required, but there is already an identified need for additional football pitches, but it may be that specific youth projects such as a BMX track or off road motorcycling can be accommodated.
In the short term this means an increase in the Council Tax for Gilberdyke residents, but the result will be an investment in something tangible for the community, and long lasting for future generations.