At the recent AGM of the Essex Playing Fields Association Brightlingsea Town Council achieved several awards for the Bayard Recreation Ground.
- Class 1 – Playing fields serving a population of 2,500 or more – Silver Award
- Class 3 – Children’s Playground whether on or off playing fields, but judged apart from any playing field on which they are situated – Merit Award
- Class 4 – Cricket grounds on which a winter game may or may not be played – Silver Award
- Class 6 – For the best kept football pitch – Gold Award
Councillor Steady, who is the member with special responsibility for amenity areas, allotments and youth commented: “Following on from the Rural Community Council of Essex awards, which we have won for the last two years, this is recognition from another organisation who are involved County wide to judge services and facilities. In conjunction with the users of the Bayard Recreation Ground, investment has increased over the last few years. The actual playing surface has improved dramatically, practice facilities for Cricket has been added, the playgroup facilities have been upgraded and the bowls clubs improvements have been a welcome addition.”
He continued: “Our plans going forward are to increase the changing facilities so that male and female teams can be accommodated at the same time, as will football and cricket. The Bowls Club have its own plans to further upgrade and the cricket club is striving to do the same. The storage compound has been reorganised and the children’s playground will have equipment added.”
The Mayor of Brightlingsea, Councillor Ian Block added: “These improvements have been completed by careful budgeting and without having to raise the town’s precept. Hopefully similar schemes to this will come to fruition to improve facilities and services in our town. Our thanks go to the Grounds Staff who have made all this possible, especially in a year when the weather conditions have been testing.”