Victoria Ground could be site of all-weather sports facility in Uckfield

Hard tennis courts at the Victoria Ground, Uckfield, could be turned into an all-weather sports facility.

Uckfield Town Council had hoped to build one at Uckfield Community Technology College but uncertainty about the location of the college in the future and restrictions on grant funding have put an end to that idea.

Towncouncillors and a representative from Uckfield Town Football Club have visited an all-weather facility at Burgess Hill School for Girls and were satisfied that a similar surface to that would meet the council's requirements.

The facility, which would be floodlit, could be used for football, tennis and hockey.

The installation of artificial turf with shock pad would be between £37,000 and £62,000, new perimeter fencing would cost £25,000, goal recesses £3,000, dividing fence £3,000, floodlighting, £18,000 and rotary power brush for maintenance purposes £3,500.

The total cost would be between £89,500and £114,500.

The council has already earmarked £45,000 for the project and has been promised up to £56,000 in funds relating to new development in the town.

It is proposed that the all-weather facility would be available free of charge during the day but be subject to a charge in the evenings when floodlights were needed.

The council's environment and leisure committee, which meets on Monday, is recommended to continue discussions with the district council and developers to find out when Section 106 monies would be available,  submit an outline planning application for installation of floodlighting and to continue discussions with sports clubs with a view to getting a commitment, in principle, to use the facility and meet charges for evening use.


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