Council approves £800,000 funding for community sports facilities in Earls Barton

The money will go towards the community scheme which is set to cost around £3.4 million in total

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 10:44 am
Updated Thursday, 25th March 2021, 10:46 am
The Grange sports field in Earls Barton

Wellingborough Council has approved grant funding of £800,000 to Earls Barton Parish Council to help towards the cost of new community facilities at The Grange Sports Field.

The council has been working with Earls Barton Parish Council for many years to plan new housing and to provide new community facilities.

The parish council has already secured significant funding and is seeking further grants from other sources and the funding from the council will be released once other funding is secured.

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Investment in the whole scheme is estimated to be around £3.4 million.

The Grange Sports Field is the main outdoor sports facility for the 6,000 residents of Earls Barton.

The proposal to improve the facilities, led by Earls Barton Parish Council, will support residents and the wider community to improve their health and well-being.

Quintin Allen, community sports development officer, said: “The promised commitment from the council is significant in the enablement of leveraging the further investment required.

"When realised this exciting scheme will be a major asset to the sporting landscape, providing valuable infrastructure to build and grow activities.”

The budget request was approved at Wellingborough Council's final resources meeting ahead of the authority ceasing to exist and being replaced by North Northamptonshire Council from April 1.

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