An exciting new future for Charles Hill Sports ground could be
secured if Council approves £1 million plans to transform the site.
In September the Council were approached by a social enterprise led
by Heanor Town Football Club to take over the running of the
complex on a lease basis and to continue its use as a community
The deal would mean that the complex could offer a range of
indoor and outdoor sporting activities for the whole of the
community and end months of uncertainty about the future of the
site. It follows the Council's appeal earlier this year to
community groups to come forward to maintain its use as a community
facility, which currently includes a sports hall and sports pitches
on a site off Flamsteed Avenue in Loscoe near Heanor.
An assessment earlier this year deemed that the existing sports
hall was beyond repair and the Council will now seek to demolish
the building, which has been unused since March 2011.
The exciting proposals would mean the creation of an 88 metre by
52 metre floodlit synthetic pitch for football and rugby training
and a community room that could also be used for functions and
meetings as well as indoor sports and other activities. A report to
Council also looks for approval to carry out a technical evaluation
to progress with other plans including replacing the hall with a
new sports pavilion and changing rooms, improvements to the
existing grass pitches and the formation of a new footpath linking
the nearby Loscoe CE Primary School. Other proposals include a 10
piece outdoor green gym trim trail.
Councillor Chris Short, Cabinet Member for Active and Healthier
Places to Live said:
"It's still early days but this development is exciting news for
the whole community involved. Funding relies on other
commitments being realised but the commencement of the Synthetic
Pitch represents a major commitment by the Council to sporting
facilities for our residents and reassurance that we're serious
about investing in the health and wellbeing of people in Amber
Office accommodation could also be included as part of the
development to attract businesses to use the site which could even
be used as a 'touch down' workstation for council workers.
Notes to editors:
Planning permission was first granted for the Synthetic Pitch in
2008 so if the plans are approved, and subject to funding, it's
hoped this new facility would be available by late 2012
subject to an extension of the planning application. It is
hoped the rest of the developments would be in place by 2013.
NB Heanor Town Football club have agreed to explore alternative
avenues of funding including an application to Sports England's
Inspired Facilities second round programme which opens in February
For further information please contact Luke Barrett
Communications Manager on 01773 841 655 or email email@example.com