Thursday, December 16, 2010
Plans for mini stadium moves into high gear -Post #1
The meeting was well attended and the discussions went well. This blog has decided to publish the entire minutes of this meeting in three subsequent post to keep you in the know.
The meeting was chaired by Mr. Davidson Lionel and later Mr. Mac Arthur Philip
THE AIM OF THE MEETING
The main aims of the meeting were
*to discuss plans for the sporting facility
*to select a committee whose main responsibility would be to meet with the architects in planning the structure of the sporting facility
*to ensure that Choiseulians play an active role in the planning stage of the sporting facility.
The discussions which took place were categorized under the following headings namely:
(A) Major concerns of residence
(C) Security and fencing
(D) Access of the Facility
(E) Maintenance and sustainability
(F) Possible sources of funding
(G) Formation of planning committee
MAJOR CONCERNS OF THE RESIDENTS OF CHOISEUL
The persons who were present at the meeting voiced many of their major concerns which included
*that the size of the field not be tampered with. In fact it was felt that the field needed to be widened to create a state of the art facility
*that no development which does not include sports should take place on the small field
* In planning the sporting facility there should be a level of continuity
*That the fencing should not resemble what is found at the mini stadium in Vieux Fort
*That the satellite warehouse should be relocated
*That there should always be public participation in the planning stage to allow for greater appreciation of the sporting facility
*separation of the playing field from the playground
STRUCTURE Of THE SPORTING FACILITY
Many suggestions were put forward in relation to the design of the sporting facility. Among these suggestions were
*The sporting facility should include the court, the small field, the playground and the large field.
*The structure should be located to the South of the field facing Mr. Vincent William’s House. However, before this can be done a retaining wall has to be built to stabilise this area. The playing filed also needs to be resurfaced.
*The structure should entail (2) stories.
*The first floor will house toilet facilities, changing rooms, the gym, a resource room as well as some other offices which include an area for shows and concerts.
*The sitting should be placed on the top floor which should be leveled to allow for future development.
*A main building will be placed on this floor with sittings on either side of it. In addition, uncovered stands should be made available all around the structure.
*The courts should be included in the sporting facility and consequently seats have to be placed all around it.
*A walkway should be built to give the community access to the facility.
*The facility should be built in such a way that two sporting disciplines can take place at the same time, for example, cricket and Football.
*The small field should be used as a parking area for certain activities.
N:B The handicapped should be considered in the planning stage of the facility.
Check for the next post.