Recreation Field Project
Phase 1: The Orchard
The recreational field was sold to the Parish Council in 2003 for £1 by Shell Property. The recreational field also included an orchard that was part of the Old Carrington Hall kitchen gardens.
In 2002 Manchester United installed a football pitch and arranged to maintain the grounds for a further three years, as the pitch was never used by the community and the local romany community began using the area for horse pasture.
Added to the site was a Pavilion that was used for community events, which has fallen into disrepair, then made unsafe for occupancy in 2016 after a fire.
With very limited income the Parish council were unable to open this facility to the public and was permanently closed.
In 2019 a planning application was granted to import inert material that would raise the ground level by two metres. The community began to challenge this decision with the Parish Council, which effected a mass resignation of all the Parish Councillors. With new Parish Councillor members in place by September 2019, they began a challenge on the legality of the heads of terms agreement with the former members of the Parish Council. The last correspondence from the applicant or their solicitors was in October 2020, who are still waiting for further instructions from their client.
The Parish council have engaged with the community since 2020 to understand what they want to do with this area. A unanimous desire was to bring it back to life for the community.
Throughout the development of the Orchard regular updates will be completed using social media.
There have been a number of parishioners expressing an interest to help with this project.
It is the ambition of the Parish Council to restore the recreational field for community use. This ambition needs, like most things in life, money to make it happen. We are in a fortunate position that the housing development for New Carrington is bringing in additional income to the Parish for Community Infrastructure capital investment, but is capped to £30,000 per year. The full restoration would take many years to realise, therefore a Kaizen approach is to be employed and start small and focus on the Orchard area first.