The site know as Jubilee Field was gifted to the Parish Council by Ellesmere Estates in 2012 for recreational use for the community and is adjacent to the Millennium Hall. The Parish Council owns the land the Millennium Hall is built on and there is a Lease in favour of the Cockshutt Village Hall Trust. Since acquisition, the Jubilee Field has been maintained as a grassed area open to the community.
In 2012, the Parish Council set up an Advisory Committee made up of representatives of the Parish Council, Millennium Hall Management Committee, the Primary School and the community to carry out consultation with the community as to the preferred use of the site.
The consultation process carried out was as follows:
October to December 2012 – survey forms were distributed to every house in the Parish inviting residents’ views on their recreational preferences. Articles were placed in the Parish Council newsletter and a stand was taken at the Christmas Fayre.
January 2013 – results of survey were announced at the Public Meeting. There were 157 suggestions from 99 forms. Initial results indicated a strong preference for sports related facilities and nature/garden related areas.
March 2013 – topics selected for feasibility studies to be carried out were announced at the Parish Meeting. These included multi-sports facility, bowling green, allotments, nature/garden areas and a patio for the Millennium Hall.
April 2013 to April 2014 – Options were explored and the relative pros and cons weighed up, taking into consideration such as usefulness of resulting spaces, access and car parking, ecological impact, visual impact, cost, fitness for purpose relative to potential source of funding etc. On-going management was also considered to ensure sustainability.
May 2014 – layout options of multi-use sports area, grass area and landscaping, patio area and car parking with suggested plans were presented at Parish Meeting. Feedback from residents has been taken into account in the production of the plans now submitted. Neighbours of the Jubilee Field were in attendance and were content with the proposals.
Planning Permission was granted in June 2017