Beversbrook to get £12k of sports machinery thanks to Calne Town Council

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Coun Paul Venton Coun Paul Venton

Calne Town Council will give the Beversbrook Sports Facility £12,000 for two new pieces of equipment, including a machine to tackle waterlogged pitches.

The authority will buy a £8,500 Shockwave machine to enable better pitch drainage, as well as a £3,500 dual sand and fertiliser spreader.

Last year 145 games at Beversbrook were affected by waterlogged pitches, meaning teams had to use the 3G all-weather pitches or cancel their games.

The loss of revenue from these lost games has been estimated at £6,000.

Facility manager Kevin Whitehorn said: “The Shockwave literally shocks compacted soil and breaks it down, enabling the water to filter down to the pitch drainage system.

“It has been trialled at Beversbrook and proved to be extremely effective, returning waterlogged pitches to a playable condition in a very short space of time.”

The facility, which supports 48 home teams, was named the IOG Grass Roots Sports Ground of the Year 2013 in December.

Town councillor Paul Venton said: “We have already been able to prove we can keep the pitches open longer than others because we have a dedicated team up there, but we will still need to provide that team with those things they need.

“Once we have finished with the device I’m sure we can loan it at a fee. I suspect that’s something that’s going through the minds of staff at Beversbrook.”

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9:36pm Wed 23 Apr 14

number 6 says...

Calne Town Council runs the Beversbrook sports facility anyway, so it's just relocating it's budgets to fund where the tax payers money is best suited, and then blows its own trumpet of how great they are. Anyway, why is the photo of councillor Paul Venton stood in Dr's Pond advertising the duck race supporting this article. Should be in wellies at Beversbrook with said machinary?
Calne Town Council runs the Beversbrook sports facility anyway, so it's just relocating it's budgets to fund where the tax payers money is best suited, and then blows its own trumpet of how great they are. Anyway, why is the photo of councillor Paul Venton stood in Dr's Pond advertising the duck race supporting this article. Should be in wellies at Beversbrook with said machinary? number 6
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8:40pm Thu 24 Apr 14

mug1968 says...

So that's where the 12k grant went which they cut from Calne Leisure Centre.
So that's where the 12k grant went which they cut from Calne Leisure Centre. mug1968
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10:54pm Thu 24 Apr 14

packard bell says...

Calne leisure centre is not anything to do with Calne town council &after talking to some councillors this is part of the yearly budget for maintenance at Beversbrook , I cannot understand why councillor venton has put this in the press & advertised the fact to all criminals that there is brand new machinery at Beversbrook !
Calne leisure centre is not anything to do with Calne town council &after talking to some councillors this is part of the yearly budget for maintenance at Beversbrook , I cannot understand why councillor venton has put this in the press & advertised the fact to all criminals that there is brand new machinery at Beversbrook ! packard bell
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