Giving a sporting boost to Clanfield

From left, Ken Graham, David Wilson and Brian Foster
From left, Ken Graham, David Wilson and Brian Foster
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REPRESENTATIVES from local bowling clubs, Clanfield Parish Council and East Hampshire District Council have laid the first bricks for the new sports pavilion, that will become a central community hub in the Clanfield area.

St James’s Pavilion is being built for the community, and once it is complete, it will be handed over to East Hampshire District Council, and will be a huge asset to local residents.

David Wilson Homes’ managing director Tim Hill said he was delighted to involve the local community in laying the first brick at the complex.

He explained: ‘We are committed to building communities in which people want to live and we believe that the homes we are building and these new facilities will be of real benefit to everyone in the area.

‘We have worked closely with Clanfield Parish Council, East Hampshire District Council and the local community to ensure that the new facilities meet current and future plans for groups and we hope that everyone will enjoy the facilities for many years to come.’

Progress on the new sports facilities have been welcomed by local councillors.

Councillor Ken Moon, the East Hampshire District Council member for Clanfield and Finchdean, said: ‘It is vitally important the local infrastructure and facilities match the new homes and the new residents it brings and this sports pavilion has been provided as part of the major new development at St James’s Place.

‘It has been delivered through the hard work of Clanfield Parish Council and the housebuilders, with the support of East Hampshire District Council, and it is really exciting to see work is under way.’

Cllr Nigel Wren, councillor for Clanfield and Finchdean, added: ‘An extensive consultation with local residents highlighted the need for these kinds of facilities and demonstrated the popularity of a bowls green and youth football pitches.

‘These will be excellent facilities for the residents of Clanfield and I can’t wait to see them in full use.’

The fact that so many different sports groups from the Clanfield region will be able to come together at St James’s Pavilion will really help boost the profile of the region’s sporting community.

I am certainly looking forward to the end result.

It is incredibly important to stay active, and this new pavilion will be a massive help to local residents.

The new bowls green is due to be completed later this year.