SHEET Scouts could be set for a new home. Proposals for a new hut on the recreation ground close to their existing home have been discussed by Petersfield Town Council's grounds committee. Councillors were concerned that the proposed location was to the rear of the Half Moon pub on the outskirts of Petersfield, but looked at ways to prevent this being an obstacle. The decision to relocate from the site of the existing hut – on ground between Inmans Lane and the A272 close to the Half Moon – came after architects advised the spot would be better placed for taking in daylight. The hut is currently used by the Scouts and the Stepping Stones playgroup, who use it daily. In a letter to Petersfield town councillors, Sheet Scouts chairman Mark Harvey requested that the current hut be used while the new one is built to avoid relocation for the groups who use the facility. He said there were no suitable alternative premises in the area to house the groups, which included regular meetings of Beavers, Scouts, Cubs and the playgroup, for the eight months needed to build the new hut. It is planned that once the new hut is erected the old one can be demolished and the land returned to nature. Councillors were concerned that people may have to use the Half Moon pub car park to gain access to the new hut through a hole in the hedge, and noted that a new path would probably need building specifically for the hut for ease of access in order to avoid "enticing an abuse" of the pub's parking facilities. Bob Ayer feared Scouting risked dying out in this part of town if they were not allowed to continue using their old hut in the meantime. Mary Vincent said: "It makes sense keeping the old hut running while they build the new one." Members also discussed noise implications and planning issues before they resolved in principle to support the Scout Association's use of the recreation ground in the project.
Scouts bid for new home
Friday 25th January 2008 12:00 am