Updated on Tuesday October 21
Uckfield Anderida Cricket Club looks set to receive grants totalling more than £17,000 to spend on improving their facilities at the Victoria Pleasure Ground.
A report to the meeting of Uckfield Town Council’s environment and leisure committee on Monday (October 13) said the club had been awarded a conditional grant of £7,400 by the Big Lottery Fund Awards for All and offered a further conditional grant of £10,000.
Chairman Paul Iswariah told committee members, that the club wanted to provide two permanent cricket nets that would be available for public use free of charge when the club was not using them.
The site favoured by the club for the cricket nets was a corner near the pavilion but there were concerns about public safety as people walked, and had picnics, in that area.
In the end committee members agreed, in principle, to the nets going in the same place where temporary nets are placed, near the tennis courts.
The report to the committee said the current area in front of the tea room doors at the pavilion needed to be updated and made safer as paving stones originally installed by the club had become uneven.
Additional improvements are being considered to improve overall access to the tea room.
The report said: “A new picnic bench will again be provided by Uckfield Anderida Cricket Club as the previous bench was destroyed by vandals.”
The club is seeking a three year licence or lease on the nets, after which time the mat would probably need to be replaced and the club would review their position.
Any licence or lease would incorporate a clause for reinstatment of the ground at the end of the term, assuming there would be no renewal, and termination clauses in case of any default.
*A second town council committee, general purposes, gave permission on Monday (October 20) for the club to carry out improvements to the tea room and kitchen in the Victoria Pavilion.