Public support for £3m Brigg recreation ground revamp sees initial cash committed
PLANS for a new state-of-the-art sports facility have been praised by the town's sporting groups.
The consultation period for the new £3 million Brigg Recreation Ground has now ended.
And the high praise for the project has led North Lincolnshire Council to commit funding of £500,000.
Now Brigg Town Council plans to press ahead with securing the remaining cash for the project.
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Vanessa McErlain-Naylor, chairwoman of Brigg Netball Club, said she welcomed plans for more facilities in the town.
She said: "From the club point of view, we all need more courts of the appropriate playing quality as the facilities in Brigg are quite limited.
"I would welcome these new facilities. It is really good news for the area. If we are looking at three football pitches, we could easily get five or six netball pitches in there."
Peter Thompson, vice-president of Brigg Hockey Club, said: "Brigg Hockey Club for a long time has looked forward to the point at which it could play its games again in Brigg, which it has not done for more than 25 years. With four men's and four ladies teams there really is a need for both The Pods, which is an excellent facility in Scunthorpe, to play matches and have training in Brigg itself.
"To have a pitch in Brigg would be a dream come true."
Carl Sherwood, cabinet member for sport and leisure at North Lincolnshire Council, said: "We want to make some radical improvements to our facilities at the recreation ground and now we have completed this consultation, we have the information to move forward."
Plans for the recreation ground include three senior and three junior football pitches, a floodlit hockey pitch, as well as a cricket square and nets. A new £1.2 million pavilion with changing facilities and meeting rooms and three multi-use floodlit pitches is also planned.
The floodlit multi-use areas will provide facilities for five-a-side football, tennis and netball. Ward councillors said funding would hopefully be made up by grants from Sport England, the lottery and Football Association.