Cash pledged for Almondsbury sports upgrades

January 27 2020
Cash pledged for Almondsbury sports upgrades

FUNDING of more than £22,000 has been found towards two sports improvement projects in Almondsbury.

The Almondsbury Sports and Recreation Centre and North Bristol Rugby Football Club are both to receive £11,367 in funding from money paid to South Gloucestershire Council by developers as part of planning deals.

At the sports and recreation centre it will go towards revamping the changing rooms and kitchens, while at North Bristol RFC it will pay for car park improvements.

The funding is known as Section 106 money after the part of the planning law which allows the council to negotiate a contribution from developers to offset the impact a development might make on the local community. In this case money has come from the development of the disused squash court area on Oaklands Drive, where ten homes are to be built.

The total cost of improvements at Almondsbury Sports and Recreation Centre is estimated at £55,000, and the organisation is planning to obtain match funding for the council’s cash. The ASRC wants to improve the changing rooms in order to enable it to hold more matches at once. The alterations will enable both men and women to have use of the site simultaneously, which is not currently possible.

The scheme includes new showers and disabled access. The centre also intends to improve the kitchen in the pavilion, which is used by cricket teams.

North Bristol RFC also applied for match funding to overhaul its car park, which will cost £22,735 in total. The loose surface becomes uneven and waterlogged, making it difficult for people to cross the car park, especially those who have mobility issues. The RFC will use the money to go towards re-surfacing and improving drainage.

Severn Vale ward councillors Matthew Riddle and Keith Burchell (pictured above at Almondsbury Recreation Centre), who represent the Almondsbury area, said: “The Sports and Recreation Centre and the Rugby Club are very popular, being widely used by the community and visitors from even further afield, so we are very pleased this funding will help keep these important facilities up to a suitable standard.”

The spending is part of £310,000 in section 106 funding being spent across South Gloucestershire.

Cabinet member for communities and tourism Rachael Hunt said almost £10 million had been spent on open areas and green spaces over the past five years.