A new look for bowling club and park

Playground off Magpie Lane. (d611c508)
Playground off Magpie Lane. (d611c508)

Two leisure facilities are set to undergo a much needed facelift after an injection of cash from housing developers.

Work has begun this week on improving the pavilion at Scatcherd Park Bowling Club, while a consultation has started over the prospect of a £75,000 refurbishment job at the children’s playground on Magpie Lane.

Users of the bowling club have long campaigned for a revamp of the facilities, which one councillor has descibed as being in a “poor state of repair.”

The £47,000 makeover has been funded mostly by a Sport England grant, along with a £10,000 sum from a developer contribution fund - a pot of money set aside by housebuilders who are obliged to support local projects when new homes are built.

Coun Judith Elliott said: “We have been working closely for many years with the bowling club to find the finance needed to update the pavilion which has been in a poor state of repair for some time. The new work will encourage more local residents to get involved with the bowling community.”

Meanwhile the recreation area on Magpie Lane is to be modernised after a similar investment generated by Persimmon Homes’ new housing development at Owlers Farm.

Users of the playground, which is believed to be showing its age having not undergone a refurbishment since it was built in the late 1980s, will now get a say in how it is improved.

Coun Shirley Varley, a long-term supporter of the refurbishment, said: “It has taken some time to find the finance to cover this improvement plan. It has been difficult in these challenging times to get the money together to undertake this much needed work.

“Now we have identified the funding it is important we get on with things as quickly as we can.”