CRICKET: Major step to redevelopment of Woodhall Spa Club

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Woodhall Spa Cricket Club has taken the first major step towards a major redevelopment plan - thanks to the local parish council.

Councillors have agreed to hand the club a long-term lease at Jubilee Park, covering the next 50 years.

The decision comes just days after the club revealed a new lease was one of the key elements behind proposals to re-develop their pavilion.

Parish council clerk Amanda Bushell said councillors were impressed with the community element of the proposal.

She said: “Councillors are aware how popular the cricket club is but they also recognised that if the development goes ahead, it will benefit the entire village.

“The club is talking about improved disabled access and changing rooms. Councillors were very impressed and were happy to agree the long term lease.”

The club - one of the most successful in Lincolnshire - outlined plans to residents at an open meeting last Saturday.

Apart from the long-term lease, members need to secure full planning permission for East Lindsey District Council before submitting a bid for all-important funding from the National Lottery.

The club already features three senior teams and a top class junior set-up but the new pavilion could lead to the formation of an over 60’s side and a women’s team.

If successful, the club hopes work could start next year, during the cricket off-season.

The club is based in Jubilee Park which is currently owned by the parish council.

It is also ‘home’ to Woodhall Spa Croquet Club which is also seeking a long-term lease.

Councillors have agreed to support that particular request ‘in principle’ but have deferred a final decision until a later date.