£400,000 plan for new sports pavilion boost

NRHN 29-11-12 TW 1 Cllr.Chris Emmas Williams at the site of the new pavillion on Goose Lane

NRHN 29-11-12 TW 1 Cllr.Chris Emmas Williams at the site of the new pavillion on Goose Lane

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A new sports pavilion and community centre is set to be finally built Codnor by July next year after a change in fortunes for the trust behind the project.

In June Codnor Sports Charitable Trust trust said its plan for a £400,000 changing facility at the rundown Goose Lane site was hanging in the balance after it missed out on a £28,000 county council grant.

But this week Amber Valley borough councillor and trustee Chris Emmas Williams announced that an application to the Football Foundation for £287,166 had been successful - meaning the village’s football and cricket teams will no longer have to get changed in a portable building with no running water.

Cllr Emmas-Williams said: “This is fantastic news for the whole village and will provide a facility that will help the provision of youth football and cricket for the next generation.”

The trust has appointed Henry Boot Construction to complete the works the building, comprising two changing rooms and a 92-seat community room and kitchen . A security fence will help to prevent further arson attacks there.

Codnor Miners’ Welfare closed five years ago, leaving the site without proper changing facilities.