Rochford District Council hike football pitch rents

Pitch price increase blow - Rochford Town's first team manager Kevin Barlow

Pitch price increase blow - Rochford Town's first team manager Kevin Barlow

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THE beautiful game is set to get more expensive across Rochford, after the local authority hiked the cost of pitch hire by ten per cent.

Youth prices will remain the same, but the cost for an adult side to hire a pitch for a season, with matches on alternate weekends, now stands at £759 for a Saturday and £817 for a Sunday.

The council has decided to reduce its expenditure on football pitches, but it means clubs will either have to absorb the cost, or increase their own playing fees.

Rochford Town Sports and Social Club play their home matches at Rochford Rec, a council-managed field of pitches, and are not happy with the increase.

Laurence Greenfield, chairman, said: “We are not pleased at all.

“If they increased their service by ten per cent then it might be OK, but they do virtually nothing other than line it and cut it.

“We start in August, but their service doesn’t start until September so we have to mark it ourselves.

“We won’t be able to absorb the cost ourselves, so it will have to get passed onto the players.”

The council is responsible for 33 pitches across the district, including five mini or nine-a-side pitches, with the playing status of each pitch listed on their website throughout the football season.

Head of environmental services for the council, Richard Evans, said: “The increase in charges for the district’s adult football pitches will bring them closer in line with those being charged by neighbouring authorities, but still significantly belowmost of them.

“We have sought to benchmark our charges at a level which we feel is fair and reasonable.

“The increase will contribute to the maintenance of these facilities at a time when the authority has experienced significant reductions in its budget.”

SEASON PITCH HIRE COSTS FOR SENIORS

  • Rochford:

Saturday – £759

Sunday – £817

  • Southend:

Category A – £966

Category B – £651

Category C – £543

  • Castle Point:

Anytime – £683

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4:12pm Fri 5 Sep 14

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

Why charge at all. Since Margaret Thatcher did away with all the school playing fields the young people need these football clubs and all the comradery that goes with it. Stops them hanging around street corners and gives them something to look foreward to. Shame on the council.
Why charge at all. Since Margaret Thatcher did away with all the school playing fields the young people need these football clubs and all the comradery that goes with it. Stops them hanging around street corners and gives them something to look foreward to. Shame on the council. CHRISTMAS CAROL
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4:13pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Dingo says...

Councils across South Essex, and particularly Rochford, have been raising pitch fees for years. And, if anything, the standard and quality of the pitches has reduced.

Now call me cynical, but it's almost as though the council are trying to price sports teams from using their facilities leaving these wonderful green areas underused and possibly ripe for redevelopment for flats....
Councils across South Essex, and particularly Rochford, have been raising pitch fees for years. And, if anything, the standard and quality of the pitches has reduced. Now call me cynical, but it's almost as though the council are trying to price sports teams from using their facilities leaving these wonderful green areas underused and possibly ripe for redevelopment for flats.... Dingo
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4:50pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Howard Cháse says...

Dingo wrote:
Councils across South Essex, and particularly Rochford, have been raising pitch fees for years. And, if anything, the standard and quality of the pitches has reduced.

Now call me cynical, but it's almost as though the council are trying to price sports teams from using their facilities leaving these wonderful green areas underused and possibly ripe for redevelopment for flats....
Beat me to it.
[quote][p][bold]Dingo[/bold] wrote: Councils across South Essex, and particularly Rochford, have been raising pitch fees for years. And, if anything, the standard and quality of the pitches has reduced. Now call me cynical, but it's almost as though the council are trying to price sports teams from using their facilities leaving these wonderful green areas underused and possibly ripe for redevelopment for flats....[/p][/quote]Beat me to it. Howard Cháse
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5:09pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Nebs says...

How much do they charge for other similar facilities, e.g hockey, rugby, cricket pitches.
How much do they charge for other similar facilities, e.g hockey, rugby, cricket pitches. Nebs
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9:41am Sat 6 Sep 14

sesibollox says...

'bout time they started charging a decent revenue for the vast areas of grasslands, imagine what they could sell them for ?
'bout time they started charging a decent revenue for the vast areas of grasslands, imagine what they could sell them for ? sesibollox
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