New community centre plan for Loscoe moves forward

NRHNBE120116c2, Loscoe charles hill playing fields, community development in partnership with Amber valley council. Kevin O'Kine chairman heanor juniors, cllr Chris Short Amber valley borough council cabinet member for healthier communities, John McCulloch chairman heanor town, Keith Costello sec heanor town and Malcolm Spray consultant integrated community solutions.

NRHNBE120116c2, Loscoe charles hill playing fields, community development in partnership with Amber valley council. Kevin O'Kine chairman heanor juniors, cllr Chris Short Amber valley borough council cabinet member for healthier communities, John McCulloch chairman heanor town, Keith Costello sec heanor town and Malcolm Spray consultant integrated community solutions.

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A MAJOR Diamond Jubilee bash is set to be held at Loscoe’s Charles Hill playing fields in the run up to the opening of an all-weather pitch and community centre there.

Chairman of Heanor Town Football Club John McCulloch has announced plans to hold a street party-style celebration at the Flamsteed Avenue playing fields in June to mark the Queen’s 60th year on the throne.

It comes as the club and Amber Valley Borough Council are working on proposals to build an all-weather sports pitch and a new community centre in place of the aging sports hall on the site, due for demolition.

Both say they will aim to put £1 million each into the development.

Mr McCulloch said: “What we are trying to do is, for the Queen’s Diamond jubilee. We are going to get the local communities together.

“When we were kids we used to have street parties. The Queen’s Jubilee is the ideal time to do something for the people in Loscoe and Heanor.

“We want to involve as many people as possible.”

The council had run the Charles Hill Sports Hall, but closed the aging corrugated-roofed building in March last year to the dismay of residents who used it. The authority said the building was too expensive to run at a cost of £60,000 a year.

Mr McCulloch said Heanor Town FC, currently sitting at the top of the East Midlands Counties League, is inviting members of the community to make suggestions about how the community centre should be used when it is eventually opened next year.

The new all-weather multi-sports pitch could be ready by late 2012.

The club and council have already met with various community groups.

Mr Mculloch said: “What we are looking at is a multi-purpose use for this facility. What we don’t want to do is build a white elephant.”

Amber Valley borough councillor for the Heanor and Loscoe ward Bob Moon said a Diamond Jubilee celebration at the Charles Hill complex would have the potential to be a ‘great day’.

He added: “It certainly sounds like Heanor Town’s plans will give Charles Hill a new lease of life.”

Cllr Moon said he wants the new centre to retain the Charles Hill name and is hoping any structural work on the site will be ‘sympathetic’ to the nearby Red River nature reserve.

The public can contact Heanor Town FC secretary Keith Costello on 01773 719446 with any suggestions on the new sports complex.