Ripley sports pavilion plans unveiled

Nottingham Road Recreation Ground.
Nottingham Road Recreation Ground.

More than a year after a massive supermarket development for Ripley was rejected plans are in the pipeline to provide new community facilities on the site.

The scheme, put forward by Amber Valley Borough Council and supported by Ripley Town Council, include building new changing facilities on Greenwich Park, to improve the site for both sport and community use.

A training centre for young people would also be created.

The proposals will go before the cabinet on October 7 and if approved, would then go to the planning board. Work could begin on the project by the end of the year. Ripley Town Councillor, Roland Emmas-Williams, said: “The plans are for a new pavilion complex that would be used by Butterley United Cricket Club, Ripley Town Football Club and Ripley Rangers and will also house staff from community organisations and be available for public functions.”

Speaking about the rejected supermarket plans, Coun Emmas-Williams said: “We were worried that the supermarket plans would have led to more building on the green belt.

“Ripley already had three supermarkets - one right opposite the proposed site. That was more than a town of Ripley’s size needed.”

Leader of the Conservative Group on Ripley Town Council, Ron Ashton, said: “When the supermarket plan was rejected we lost all the money for new sports facilities that would have come with it.

“So when we won Amber Valley Borough Council in May we felt it was very important to do something to improve the ground as well as to do something for the young people in the area who are our future sportsmen and women.”

Mr Ashton added the initiative had broad cross-party support.

Simon Gladwin, assistant director for landscape services at the borough council, said: “There was a need for new facilities in Greenwich Park and the current plans will provide a sustainable source of income for the future of the new pavilion.

“And as well as a place which will be used by sports clubs, the pavilion will also house vocational education facilities.”