Issued: July 11, 2016
Ongar Town Council votes to create Charitable Incorporated Organisation
for Jubilee Park and Pavilion
Ongar Town Council, at a full council meeting on July 7, voted unanimously to create a Charitable Incorporated Organisation that will take over the management of the Jubilee Park pavilion and sports fields.
By transferring the responsibility to a charitable organisation, Jubilee Park will be run by a board of trustees that will be able to reflect the needs and expectations of the wider community and will be free to concentrate on the real goal of promoting sport and recreation to the residents of Ongar.
From a financial point of view, a charitable organisation will have access to grant funding that is not available to the town council and can take advantage of tax and rating concessions.
Town council chairman cllr Jim Browning said. â€œThe management of Jubilee Park has caused difficulties in the past and I see this move as a beneficial way of returning control of the facilities to all of the people who would like to use it."
The council created a steering committee to work with staff and residents in creating the charity by April 1, 2017.
In this time, they will have to separate the finance and day-to-day operations of the charity from the town council while making sure that they are listening to the needs of the members and of the community.
The committee will meet as required and members of the public interested in attending these public meetings should check details of the agenda on the councilâ€™s noticeboards, website or social media (Facebook or Twitter).
If there is anything that residents think the committee should know, or consider, they can attend the meeting or write to the chairman of the committee c/o the town council offices, Bansons Way, Ongar.