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Apr 03 2013

Harrow Council Announces Major Sports Pitch Investments

harrow_council_logo2Sports pitches across the borough will be revamped over the next ten years under an investment programme of approximately £2m due for approval by Harrow Council’s Cabinet on Thursday, April 11.

Harrow Council has consulted with local sports clubs and national governing bodies to review the standard of sports pitches across the borough. The review has identified a lack of quality at a number of outdoor sports facilities which could potentially be earmarked for improvement.

Highlights of the investment programme include a major opportunity to create a ‘sports hub’ at Bannister Stadium in Uxbridge Road, Hatch End. The stadium could gain quality sports pitches with good drainage and a new sports training area. There are also proposals to substantially upgrade the pitches at Headstone Manor Recreation Ground and Kenton Recreation Ground as well as improvements to the changing rooms.

The Harrow Draft Outdoor Sports Pitch Strategy 2013-2023 has been developed in response to the review and is based on five key objectives:

  • To improve the quality of grass pitches and related services such as changing rooms at council-owned sites
  • To consider location options to address deficiencies in provision for small-sided football and rugby pitches
  • To consider installing a brand new synthetic turf pitch for football and other sports
  • To deliver sports specific improvements in parks and open spaces such as tennis courts and bowls
  • To deliver fit-for-purpose pitches to meet the needs of residents

Harrow Council Cabinet Member for Community and Cultural Services, Cllr David Perry, said: “The proposed improvements will have a very positive impact on the borough’s sports facilities and the community as a whole. This is about increasing the participation in sport at a grass roots level and ensuring our residents are given as many opportunities as possible to be fit and active through sport. The proposals are part of our wider priority to increase participation in art, sport, leisure and cultural activities.”

The Council plans to fund the investment proposals using approximately £2m of section 106 funding. Section 106 funding is generated from contributions from developers to the Council towards the costs of providing community and social infrastructure improvements. The majority of the funding has been raised through the Kodak regeneration project. The Council hopes to attract further external funding for improvements once the proposals are approved and a planned programme of improvement work begins.

 

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