Parish Council now own Community & Sports Centre


Published: 5th June 2018
Categories: Local projects, Clanfield, Health & Wellbeing, Interests & Pursuits, Outdoor & Leisure, Sport & Fitness

Clanfield’s new Community and Sports Centre now belongs to Clanfield Parish Council (CPC). The transfer from the developers, BDW Trading Limited and Bovis Homes, was completed today and, immediately afterwards, CPC entered into an Agreement for Lease with Clanfield Sports and Community Foundation which will run this major new facility with the adjacent tennis courts.

“Now, at last, we are in control of the situation and we can concentrate on supporting the Foundation in getting the Centre open and in use as quickly as possible” was the immediate reaction of CPC Chairman, Terry Collins.

Within the next few days, the Foundation will be unveiling its plans - which already have Parish Council approval - for the operation of the Centre and announcing an Open Day, for later this month, when residents will be able to have a look around. There will then be an intense period of activity on site to fit-out, equip and furnish the Centre ready for its opening which, it is hoped, will be in late July.

Today’s news marks the end of one very long road and the beginning of something really special for the village and its surrounding communities.

Almost 20 years ago, in 1999, the Parish Council produced a Parish Appraisal which identified a shortage of community facilities and stated that “a new purpose-built facility is required”. The Parish Council, with the help of village volunteers, then prepared the Clanfield Plan which was published in 2009 and which helped to inform East Hampshire District Council’s discussions with the developers for the provision of community facilities alongside new housing development. The concept for a new Community and Sports Centre, on the Windmill View development and at the junction between Green Lane and Endal Way, emerged as the key ingredient of a wide range of facilities which would be transferred to the Parish Council. The first transfer, completed only 3 weeks ago, comprised two large areas of open space, allotments and outside games and play areas. This is the second transfer and others will be following at St James Place in the coming months.

“It is impossible to over-state how complex - and at times frustrating - this has been but it has now been achieved” said Councillor Collins. “This is a truly magnificent Centre right here in our village. Many other places would love to have something like this. When residents see it, I am sure they will think the same and that they will be delighted to know that all the Directors and Trustees of the Foundation are local people, living in the village.”

Regular updates on the progress of the fitting out work will be posted onto the Parish Council’s website - www.clanfieldpc.org.uk . Details of the Foundation’s website and contact information for enquiries concerning membership, facilities and bookings will be provided by the Foundation in due course.

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