During the Christmas holidays you may have picked up from BBC South Today television, Radio Sussex, Uckfield News or Uckfield FM, the wonderful news that we have been awarded £100,000 for our All Weather Pitch development. We put in a bid to Sport England's Inspired Facilities programme and were delighted to be successful.
Link to the BBC news webpage: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-16295560
As you may know, a group of key stakeholders made up of Uckfield Community College, Uckfield Town Council, Wealden District Council, East Sussex County Council, local football, rugby and hockey clubs have been meeting fortnightly since May 2010 and working to create a permanent legacy for East Sussex to commemorate the 2012 Olympics. If we achieve our aims, the pitch will be used by local schools, including primary schools during the day and will be used by the community in the evenings, weekends and holidays in a similar way to the Leisure Centre. We have ambitious sports development plans that have two key aims:
- To widen participation in sport and recreation e.g. women's rugby, all age 5 a side football etc. This will encourage healthy lifestyles for the whole community of Uckfield and beyond.
- To provide a top class facility to nurture sports talent and achieve excellent sports players in the future. Our proposal is for a third generation artificial pitch which will be the first of its kind in the County and is needed to get over the problems of Wealden clay pitches and the problems of training and playing throughout the winter months.
We are currently submitting full planning permission and this is where we would really appreciate your support.
If you would like to support this development, please use the link below to add your comments:
You can also see the information at the East Sussex County Council website - follow the links Environment / Planning / Planning Applications and then search for it using our postcode, TN22 3DJ.
The closing date for comments is Friday 6 Jan.