Final legal process cleared to authorise funding for completed new artificial turf football and hockey pitch in Dunstable

Final legal process approved to approve funding for the completed new artificial turf soccer and hockey field in Dunstable

Author: Euan DuncanPublished 3 hours ago
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With the approval of the Central Bedfordshire Council executive, one final legal hurdle has been cleared in the financing arrangements for a £ 1.1 million artificial turf pitch in Dunstable.

The project was part of a commitment by the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) to the city.

The new 3G surface at the Creasey Park Community Football Center was built primarily for soccer and hockey, according to the local authority.

A process is underway to become fully accredited by FIFA (Federation of International Football Association) and FIH (International Hockey Federation), the council said.

“The new playing field is the latest third generation design with a new intelligent play system and environmental improvements like LED floodlights.

“We initiated and managed this in collaboration with the Dunstable Town Council.

“The pitch complements the facilities at Creasey Park, which include another full-size artificial turf pitch, a stadium pitch and seven grass pitches for young people and adults.”

CBC’s board of directors approved the contract to build the pitch, which was completed earlier this year.

Caddington Conservative Councilor Kevin Collins said: “This course is a prime example of world class sports facilities in Central Bedfordshire.

“Not only does Dunstable benefit from this, but also the wider area, as the facility is recognized as being internationally recognized.

“This project is part of the larger regeneration program in Dunstable and is funded by Homes England through the HIF.

“The report details the exact location of the pitch and the cost of construction,” added City Councilor Collins, executive director for planning and redevelopment.

“The delegated authority requested by the executive will ensure that our grant applications are honored and that the legal process is completed.”

A 6.2 million grant agreement

“This funding was intended to support a number of CBC priority projects, including new housing on urban fallow land, the provision of the integrated health and social center in Chiltern Vale, and other high street improvements.”

An artificial soccer field on Court Drive has been closed because it was part of the area proposed for the health center project, the report said.

Creasey Park was selected as an alternative location “in recognition of the continuing need for this facility in Dunstable”.

The project closed, but the report found that “subsequent legal advice from officials has confirmed the need to seek further executive approval to seal the £ 0.88 million contract for construction.”

Lighting, video surveillance, overflow parking, and landscaping brought the total to £ 1.1 million.

The land is owned by CBC, while the pitch is administered by Dunstable Town Council.

Sandy Conservative Councilor Tracey Stock, Executive Member for Health, Wellbeing and Communities, said after construction was completed in April: “It is fantastic to see ongoing developments at Creasey Park.

“The investments made here ensure that the entire community can use a top-class sports facility.

“I’m sure this will be a great incentive to encourage outdoor activities as we all emerge from the effects of Covid-19.”

SOURCE: Central Bedfordshire Council Executive Committee meeting (August 3) and CBC press release

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