Councillor’s plea on MUGA checks in Hunstanton

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A Hunstanton councillor has voiced concerns over the maintenance of the resort’s multi-use games area (MUGA) following a complaint from a junior football team official.

Independent councillor Richard Bird called for West Norfolk Council chiefs to show “due diligence” to ensure the facility was kept clear after youngsters from the Heacham Minors club were unable to use one of the pitches.

Mr Bird told Thursday’s full council meeting that the manager of the club’s under 9s had contacted him after they were unable to use the facility last Tuesday.

He said the amount of broken glass on the hard court meant it would have been “dangerous and time consuming” to remove it and asked for suitable arrangements to be made to ensure the facility was kept clear.

David Pope, the council’s cabinet member for assets, said the incident was “unfortunate” and hoped there would be no other cases.

However, he insisted that council staff could not be expected to check each facility on a daily basis in case there was a problem.

But Labour’s Ian Gourlay said the authority should consider setting up a regular calendar of inspections to be based around times when it was known that teams would be using the facilities.

He also voiced concerns over the possibility of the MUGA being used for underage drinking.

But Mr Pope said most facilities of that type were fenced in, adding: “I’d be crazy to go in there with a six pack and get three parts cut when I’m already fenced in.”




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