Blackstone Playing Field Lease


Woodmancote Parish Council have been working with Sussex Cricket to develop a new lease for the rental of Blackstone Playing Fields.  As residents are aware, this process has taken considerable time and during this period some residents requested the opportunity to view the lease and comment on it prior to it being signed.  The Council are therefore engaging with residents to offer them the opportunity to do this for a 28 day period.  The planned schedule for the 28 day period was from the 4th-31st January 2022, which was then moved to the 20th January - 16 February.  However, unfortunately their have been some delays due to unforeseen circumstances and the documents are still not available as we had hoped. 

The Council apologies for any inconvenience and are keeping residents updated via the website and BN5.  We can assure residents that the consultation will still go ahead when the documents are available to view, however currently we do not have a date when that will be. When the consultation is carried out, all comments received will be collated and reviewed by the Parish Council at a public meeting, the date of which is to be confirmed.  The Council would note that comments will be looked at individually but this will not necessarily mean that clauses will be amended or added to reflect all comments made.  

Prior to this new lease being drawn up the Council obtained a valuation of the site and have negotiated a new rental of £5,000 per annum.  This will be of benefit to the Parish as additional income will be received by the Parish Council - we would note that within the current lease that commenced in 2003 the Council receives no net income. The new lease will run for a 30 year period from April 2022 and will be between Woodmancote Parish Council and the Sussex Cricket Foundation.  The full documents will be put on the website when they are available for residents to view. 

When the consultation period commences comments must be emailed to the Parish Clerk at  Should you have any queries, please contact the Parish Clerk on 07884 962453.  

The Council apologise for any inconvenience in regards to the delay and we very much hope that the documents will be available within the forthcoming weeks. The website will be updated as required. Thank you for your understanding.