Published: Thursday, 29th November 2018
It was the 'Breaking the Ground Ceremony' at Rackheath earlier this week as work begun on improving the existing Sports Pavillion.
The Pavillion will be extended and refurbished to establish a sustainable community facility which will become a focal point for sporting and recreational activities in Rackheath.
Rackheath Parish Council, supported by Broadland District Council, was awarded substantial grants to improve the existing Sports Pavilion earlier this year.
The project is set to cost £463,886 with the Premier League & The Football Association Facilities Fund contributing £98,906, Sport England £50,000 and Broadland District Council £5000, totalling £153,906.
The remaining cost has been covered by the Parish Council and Broadland District Council’s Community Infrastructure Fund – a scheme which allows Town and Parish Councils to bid for a loan at a minimal rate of interest for infrastructure projects.
With Rackheath’s population rapidly increasing due to its ongoing residential developments, there has been a desperate need for better facilities and the proposed changes to the Pavillion will help to provide that for sporting purposes.
Cllr Ian Moncur, Portfolio Holder for planning at Broadland District Council says:
“It is a priority for the Council that we support and enable stronger and more independent communities, and we are delighted to support this ambitious project. In a growing village such as Rackheath, the Sports Pavillion plays a vital role in bringing the community together.”
Paula Lowe, Chair at Rackheath Parish Council, added:
“Rackheath Parish Council consulted with the football teams, residents and others who currently use the facility and it was clear from the feedback that the condition of the facilities was a major concern, so I am delighted that we have been able to help secure funding for these improvements.
“Rackheath has a growing and vibrant community and I know that this facility will be well used and will be of real benefit to residents.”
The project is estimated to complete in May 2019.
For more information on the project or to learn more about Broadland District Council’s Community Fund Infrastructure loans, please contact Sally Hoare, Community Infrastructure Co-ordinator on firstname.lastname@example.org.