Martlesham Recreation Ground is located off The Street, Martlesham. Facilities at the site include a Bowls Club, petanque pitch, football pitch, car parking and recycling bins, and the Kronji's Piece children's play area. The Recreation Ground is owned by a Charity and managed by the Parish Council as the Charity Trustee. Kronji's Piece is an adjacent parcel of land gifted to the Parish Council and owned by the Parish Council.
Advice for use of the playground
Maintain social distancing according to the government’s latest advice.
If the playground is too busy then please go to one of our other playgrounds to play, or return later.
Wash your hands before going to the playground and after you have finished. Use hand sanitiser often.
People must not interfere with closure measures where any part of the playground is closed. If it is closed then this will be for a good reason. Do not endanger yourself by breaching closure measures.
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Recreation Ground - Summary of survey results
We undertook a major consultation in Spring 2021 consulting on some proposed improvements to the Recreation Ground. These results will be used to inform decisions on upgrades to the Ground. We would like to thank respondents for the carefully considered and helpful responses we received. Please contact us should you require the results in an accessible format. The following is a summary of the action points arising from the survey - for a longer read, here is the link to the full analysis of the survey results.
We are all agreed that a consistent format should be used, with the minimum of signage and visual intrusion, with signage content to comprise: name, notification of ownership, contact details, basic rules and facilities available. When the initial project is complete an interpretation board placing the ground in its context will be provided as funds allow.
Replace Petanque Piste
There is no demand for the petanque piste, which is considered unsuitable for organised competitions. The much valued natural setting and provision of hard surface facilities elsewhere has persuaded us to replace the petanque piste with netball and basketball practice nets over a safety surface.
Accessible walk and sensory garden. Additional seats and picnic benches
Accessible walks were requested and will be provided, the routes of which will dictate the location of seating, picnic tables etc and should be able to accommodate other suggestions given. We will begin the sensory garden project by seeking appropriate specialist advice and funding.
New Dog Bins
Further bins will be provided as necessary.
Screening and tidied fence lines. (Excluding comments on fence around football pitch)
Minimal screening will be carried out where necessary and possible, so as to maintain the natural setting of the ground.
Screening and tidied fence lines, comments on fence around football pitch
Although there was support for retaining the fence so the football pitch could be used at the same time as an enclosed dog exercise area, the Parish Council decided for health and safety reasons and liability considerations, to remove the fence. The Parish Council has to make the choice between a facility which attracts so many dog owners the football pitch becomes unusable for football, or maintaining it as a football pitch which dog owners can also use as an unenclosed dog walking area.
Depriving the football club of this pitch would in practice mean the closure of the club as there is a severe shortage of pitches in the area.
To fence off the area for dog use only is arguably unlawful as the trust deed requires all beneficiaries must have access to the land.
Strong anecdotal evidence exists that dog owners are willing to travel considerable distances to access enclosed facilities for dogs, which already exist at Sutton Heath. This wide catchment area also suggests that significant numbers of users will come from outside the area, so again it would be debatable whether such a facility can lawfully be provided at the recreation ground.
Improved surface for vehicular entrance track and car park
On balance it was felt that the problems and the numbers supporting improvements were sufficient to go ahead with this project as far as the internal barrier only, then the plan will be reviewed.
Other comments received
Each of these is dealt with in the full response, in many cases the helpful comments have been taken account of in our planning.