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Plan for Ferryhill sports facility continues despite missing out on grant
COUNCIL and club officials are refusing to give up on plans for a new cricket pavilion despite missing out on a major grant.
Ferryhill Town Council and Mainsforth Cricket Club are working together to raise money for the new building at the council-owned Mainsforth Sports Complex.
They were hoping to secure the lion’s share of the money needed to build the pavilion from Sport England’s Improvement Fund.
But councillors were told this week that the bid for a £250,000 grant was unsuccessful, in part because full planning permission is not in place.
There are hopes that another grant application will be more successful as the council is in talks with Lafarge-Tarmac, which runs nearby Thrislington Quarry, about a £89,000 grant.
Members agreed to give £11,000 from budget savings or current reserves to match fund the Lafarge grant and pay the £1,925 planning fees.
A town council spokesperson said: “Unfortunately the big Sport England grant hasn’t come off, in fact only three per cent of the applications made to that fund were successful.
“Officers continue in their efforts to obtain as much grant funding towards the pavilion to minimise costs to the town council and ensure the successful cricket club can continue to develop.”
The council plans to submit a new bid to Sport England, this time for £50,000 from its Inspired Facilities Fund, by the end of November and expects a decision to be made early next year.
It hopes full planning permission can be secured soon to strengthen the application, which residents living near the complex backed during consultation.
The proposed new brick building would replace the existing pavilion which was built in 1990.
The pavilion rains in during the winter so is not used outside of the cricket season and the changing rooms and lounge area are too small to accommodate senior and junior teams, match officials and visitors.
Outline plans estimate the cost of a new building to be around £350,000 to £400,000 and it could also provide a base for Ferryhill Wheelers Cycling Club, along with Mainsforth Cricket Club.
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