The Borough Council of Wellingborough 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.
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 wellbeing.
Councillor Martin Griffiths, Leader of the Council said:
“I am delighted that the final Resources Committee of the council agreed to approve a budget request of £800,000 submitted by Earls Barton Parish Council towards the provision of new community facilities at The Grange Sports Field.
“Sport and recreation are vital for the health and wellbeing of our residents and the wider community. I really hope that the parish council obtains the additional funding to enable delivery of these exciting plans.”
Councillor Graham Lawman, Chairman of the Council’s Services Committee said:
“Improving health and fitness and the availability of top-class facilities is essential in a growing village such as Earls Barton. As Secretary of the Northamptonshire Cricket League, I am particularly delighted with the plan for a new ground and pavilion. These facilities will be enjoyed by the community for many years to come.”
Steve Glover, Parish Councillor and Chair of Earls Barton Sports Development Project Committee, said:
"We are delighted and very grateful to the Borough Council of Wellingborough for their ongoing support with our project, culminating in the approval of this grant which will go a long way to making it finally possible after so many years in the making.
“This project is an example of what can be achieved when the whole community comes together with a clear vision and the will to improve their facilities and create a lasting legacy. The Earls Barton Sports Development Committee is made up of Earls Barton Parish Councillors, representatives from our sports clubs and the wider community, and I’d personally like to thank all of them for their contribution to the project so far.
“We appreciate the supportive words from the Resources Committee members about the quality and detail included in our grant application and fully intend to deliver facilities of the same high standard.”
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.”