Refurbishment of Sportsfield Pavilion at Cherry Burton thanks to commuted sums funding

Mon, 10 Jun 2019

Cherry Burton residents are delighted to see the completion of the refurbishment of the Sportsfield Pavilion and drainage improvements on two of the three football pitches.

The project has cost £67,649 and been funded by the FCC Communities Foundation which has contributed £37,836 and East Riding of Yorkshire Council who contributed £22,000. The balance of £7,813 was funded by the Sports Clubs, Cherry Burton Parish Council and the Sportsfield Management Committee.

The grant money awarded has been used to replace the pavilion roof, install new windows, build a new disabled toilet and re-panel the exterior of the pavilion.

Two football pitches have also been improved by adding 180 tonnes of sports sand, reseeding and upgrading the drainage.

Steve Peirson, Chairman of the Parish Council, believes the investment will make a huge difference to the residents of Cherry Burton and will encourage more people to use the facilities and get involved in sport. The pavilion refurbishment is expected to extend the life of the facility by at least another 25 years.

FCC Communities Foundation is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Penny Horne, FCC Communities Foundation Grant Manager for Humber, says: “It’s wonderful to see the pavilion and sports field looking in tip top condition and ready to serve people young and old within Cherry Burton and the surrounding villages. FCC Communities Foundation is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that benefit local communities, and this is a great example of what can be achieved.”

£20,000 of the grant awarded by East Riding of Yorkshire Council has been from the Commuted Sums budget;, and £2,000 from the council’s Sport, Play and Arts Service’s Active Creative Grant.

Developers are required to provide Outdoor Playing Space (OPS) as part of all new residential developments above a certain size. This requirement is highlighted in the East Riding Local Plan, supported by the Supplementary Planning Document.

Outdoor Playing Space is specified as space that is available for sport, active recreation or children’s play. The space must be of a suitable size and design for its intended purpose, accessible and available to the general public.

When a developer cannot provide this within the development itself, a sum of money known as a commuted sum may be paid in lieu of this, by the developer entering into an agreement under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

Councillor Mike Stathers, portfolio holder for Place Shaping at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, says: “I am delighted that we have been able to allocate Commuted Sums for this project, bringing together funding from many different partners. The improvements to the club are much needed and will make a huge impact to its new and existing users.”

Further plans are in the pipeline to agree additional funding to upgrade the three changing rooms and provide a nature trail on the site.

Already small bird boxes, owl boxes, bat boxes and the planting of wild flowers have added to the ecology of the site.