East Riding organisations benefit from Commuted Sums funding awarded during lockdown

Tue, 11 Aug 2020

Seven East Riding organisations have recently been awarded funding from East Riding of Yorkshire Council as part of commuted sums from local housing developments. The funding will go towards a range of exciting projects to provide improved play and sporting facilities to local residents within the East Riding:-

  • Stamford Bridge Playing Fields Association have been awarded a total of £250,000 in commuted sums funding as part of a £529,315 project which will bring additional football pitches, changing facilities and car parking to Browns Field, Roman Avenue South, Stamford Bridge. In addition to commuted sums funding, the Association have been awarded £399,315 Football Foundation funding, as well as raising £10,000 from the PFA and local football clubs.  The commuted sums have been awarded in two parts - £130,000 will be used to purchase the land and £120,000 will go towards developing the land up to playing pitch standard. 
  • East Riding Leisure Beverley have been awarded £90,000 commuted sums towards the cost of constructing a full size 3G pitch on the site. The project will enable Beverley Town FC and AFC Tickton to grow more teams in all sectors ie. male, female, disability and veterans.  The construction of the 3G pitch will enable East Riding Leisure Beverley to meet the under supply of 3G pitches in Beverley identified in the council's Draft Playing Pitch Strategy and the Local Football Facilities Plan, as well as provide a fully inclusive football offer.
  • £1,942 has been awarded to Friends of the Beck Driffield, a community group comprising residents and users of North End Park, Driffield, towards making an overgrown and under used corner of the park into a disability friendly sensory area. The funding, alongside a further £20,000 allocated by East Riding of Yorkshire Council, will provide a pathway, railings, picnic tables, seating, story boards and sensory planting to encourage wildlife.  The project is being supported by Yorkshire Rivers Trust and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.
  • Skirlaugh Playing Fields Association have been allocated £71,190 to extend and refurbish the existing play area at Mill House Way. The proposed improvements will facilitate greater outdoor play potential with an inspiring range of equipment that will lead to more enthusiastic and creative play activities. The improvements to the play area will increase accessibility for all users, with equipment that is wheelchair friendly being included in the design.
  • Preston Playing Fields Charity are to receive £4,000 in commuted sums to purchase safe top mesh steel fencing to enable the play area within Preston playing field to be fenced off. The erection of fencing around the play area will ensure dogs cannot access this area and dog waste will no longer cause a problem for children using the play area, ensuring it is a safe and clean environment for young people to use.
  • Bridlington Cricket Club are to receive £32,062 to enable the Club to upgrade their practice and coaching facilities and refurbish the clubhouse at the site on Dukes Park, Bridlington. The improvement to the facilities will support the Club's objective to offer cricket as a sport and social activity for women and girls.  The club is working in partnership with its governing body, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) through its county board and the Yorkshire Cricket Board (YCB), to deliver this objective. 
  • Registered charity, Bubwith Leisure and Sports Centre, have been awarded £12,425 towards toilet facility refurbishments at the Centre. This is the latest phase in a series of refurbishment improvements to the Centre. 

Councillor Gary McMaster, portfolio holder for Place Shaping including Operational Services, said: "I am delighted with the range of organisations and excellent projects that we have been able to assist across the East Riding through commuted sums provided by local housing developments as a condition of their planning approval. This has continued throughout lockdown, and I look forward to seeing all these exciting projects - and many more- come to fruition in the months ahead."



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