Jubilee party to mark the beginning of new future for sports complex

The sports hall at Charles Hill complex in Loscoe is set to be demolished. If planning permission is granted, works to knock down the hall, which is beyond repair, will start on Tuesday 20 March.

The demolition follows talks between the Council and a new Community Interest Company led by Heanor Town Football Club, who have agreed to take on the complex on a lease agreement for 50 years.

The decision to demolish the sports hall follows a full building condition report in 2010 that found that the 50-year-old building required considerable investment and was beyond repair. Just operating the facility required an annual subsidy of £50,000 from council taxpayers to maintain. This led to the Council announcing it would close the hall unless an interested party came forward to take it on. Several months of talks followed and an agreement was finally signed with Heanor Town Football Club in September 2011.

The existing changing rooms are to be retained to service the outdoor sports pitches until a development plan for the whole site has been agreed.

In October 2011, proposals were announced for the creation of an 88 metre by 52 metre floodlit synthetic multi use games area for football and rugby training. A report to Council also looked at replacing the hall, located on Flamsteed Avenue in Loscoe, with a new sports pavilion and changing rooms, improvements to the existing grass pitches, and if feasible, the formation of a new footpath linking the nearby Loscoe Primary School. Ground investigations are being commissioned to see if these proposals are feasible.

As part of the launch of the new Charles Hill Community Interest Company  an event to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee is to take place on 4 June. The Big Street Party includes Kings and Queens fancy dress and family entertainment.

Councillor Chris Short, Cabinet Member for Healthier and Active Places to Live said: "The demolition marks a positive step forward for the site for which there is a lot of local interest. We are pleased that the Community Interest Company has agreed to take on the facility and we are confident they are best placed to find out what local people want from the site in the future. I can't think of a better and more fitting way to mark their commitment, than organising a Jubilee Street Party on a national public holiday, and I hope all the local community can take part and show their support."

The children's playground on the same site will be closed during these works and vehicles will not be able to access the site during demolition. 

 

Notes to editor

The Borough Council's ownership and involvement in the land and buildings known as the Charles Hill Sports Complex dates back to late 1955 when a parcel of land adjacent to the old Loscoe Colliery site was acquired by the then Heanor and Loscoe Urban District Council  from a local farmer - Charles Lawley Hill. The site was extended in 1956 through the acquisition of the old colliery site from the National Coal Board. In 1959 Charles Hill gifted the current building (currently used as a sports hall) and further surrounding land to Heanor Urban District Council In 1974, it transferred to Amber Valley Borough Council. 

There are currently three outdoor football pitches, a cricket pitch, children's playground, large car park and the main building which comprises a small sports hall (not Sports England compliant), meeting room and changing rooms that serve both indoor and outdoor sports. Any one interested in joining the Jubilee Street Party should contact Tracey Palfreyman on 01773 769238.

For all other further information please contact Luke Barrett Communications Manager on 01773 841 655 or email luke.barrett@ambervalley.gov.uk

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