A PARISH council in the Moorlands has submitted plans to extend sports changing rooms in a village – to facilitate a new office and meeting room. Forsbrook Parish Council has asked Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) for permission to extend the “existing sports changing block to form a meeting room and office” that is located on Blythe Bridge Recreation Ground. Details within the planning application include that the size of the changing rooms building would increase from 120.95 square-metres to 160.65 square-metres with an addition of a tea room, a meeting room, an office, two extra toilets and an extended outside area.
The parish council held an extraordinary meeting on Thursday, August 1 to approve provisional plans for the proposal ahead of submission.
In November 2018, members of Forsbrook Parish Council agreed to set a budget of £50,000 for the extension project.
At the council’s meeting in December, resident James Corden questioned whether taxpayer’s money was being put to good use.
He said: “Why do we need a community facility owned by the parish council when we already have the village hall, library, church room and even school rooms, to hold meetings or functions in?”
Mr Corden added: “We should protect and look after what we have got and not spend money on unnecessary things.
“It will be too late to complain when places have had to shut down because of the lack of funds.
“I ask the council to please get our priorities right and spend the money on things that are completely necessary.”
At the time, Forsbrook Parish Council chairman Peter Jones responded to Mr Corden’s views by stating: “I take on board what you say but at the end of the day the changing rooms is a facility which is not being used to its full capacity.
“It is currently only used during the football season and yet we are paying for it to keep going all year round such as on rates.
“The extension at the changing rooms will not be hired out to any outside bodies.
“It will solely be for the use of the council and as a clerks office and for the police if they wish to have a base in the village.”
The decision on the proposals is set to be made by the SMDC planning department.
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