The Park Farm Pumas kiddies football club has apparently decamped to Cardea, and from several reports reaching the PBROTRIB, the local residents at Cardea are somewhat uneasy.
Readers will recall that Cllr. Turnip gifted a stonking £2,000 back in August 2011 from the Stanground East Community Leaders funding to the Pumas, and by all accounts, its gone from strength to strength, but that is the problem.
WHERE ARE THE 'PUMA' ACCOUNTS?
HOW HAS IT ALL BEEN SPENT?
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Readers will recall the original 2011 Community Leaders Funding, public funding donations went something like this:
Community Leaders Fund
Cllr Chris Harper Conservative Stanground East
18/8/11 Hydro Pool in Dogsthorpe £1,000
10/8/11 Pumas Youth Football £2,000
9/8/11 Post box new pavement and protective bollards £900
13/9/11 Raised Childrens Vegetable Plot for Heritage Park Primary School £1,887.90 of which Cllr Harper is a Governor, and so on..... and because of the expensive vegetables ... Cllr Turnip was born...
Since that time, the Pumas have rapidly expanded, donations, sponsorship, Football Association funding, and individual kiddies membership fees have been flowing in over the years, and several teams have been formed.
So by now the organisation (or persons) in control of the Pumas must be sitting on a substantial cash mountain? But no, our reports suggest they are short of £50,000, and actively looking for a new raft of cash donations and renewed sponsorship. Possibly Section 106 money in relation to the new sportsground.
These are the only committee minutes we can find, and date back to 2011.. http://files.pitchero.com/clubs/6191/Minutes14thMarch2011.doc
The Football Association has apparently offered funding and several prestige PLC sponsors have been signed up. Many have already written cheques, or supplied goods and/or services.
The latest development, according to several reports, sees Cllr Brian Rush (Conservative) Stanground Central (who is up for re-election in 2014 ) without seeing any up to date accounts, handing over the Chair of the recently formed Cardea Community Sports Association, to the founder of the Park Fark Pumas, who in turn will be the main (possibly priority) customer for the Council funded sports facility in Cardea.
We are unable to find any minutes, or indeed still do not know the official public or legal status of the Puma organisation. As it is banking public funds, is it a registered Charity? Voluntary Group? Community Association? Private Limited Company? Are public liability and other insurances in place? Is a tax liability being built up? Are the FA trainers being paid, and if so, are they declaring their earnings for tax purposes?. In effect, without access to public information, it seems local residents are being sidelined in favour of the Puma Football Club, and councillors are not taking a close enough look at the situation.
The residents concern is that if the main customer for the publicly funded sports facility in Cardea is also controlling the Community Sports Association in Cardea, conflicts of interest are bound to arise. It could also be said that if the conflict is declared at the start of any meeting, and the person concerned withdraws then it could be OK.
Clearly the Stanground Central Councillors ( all Conservative) Cllr Brian Rush, Cllr Irene Walsh and Councillor Marco Cereste will have formally examined the accounts for the last few years. Just as Cllr Harper would have done so before handing over £2,000 of public funding in 2011, and the futher tranches of public funding destined for the Pumas.
This is from the Clubbz. com website:
Welcome to Park Farm Pumashttp://park-farm-pumas.clubbz.com
The club is founded very much on the principals of fun, enjoyment and respect but also aiding the devlopment [SIC] of important life skilld [SIC] such as teamwork, fair play, sportsmanship and disicpline [SIC].
If you are looking for a friendly, community club with aspirations to be the very best at providing our brand of football then please contact us, or come along to training on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6-7pm on Fletton field in Fletton Peterborough (just next to the cemetary)
Please also take a few minutes to look at our club website for details on what we are all about http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/parkfarmpumas/
Many Thanks for taking the time to look. We hope that if you are not already a Puma then you will be soon !!
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