The Town Council has approved the launch of an exciting new project to explore the feasibility of upgrading the sports facilities at its site at Layham Road.
Councillor Rolf Beggerow who chairs the Layham Road Sports Ground Working Group said “This project is about exploring a major upgrade to Hadleigh’s outdoor sports facilities that seeks to embrace the installation of an Artificial Grass Pitch (AGP). We will also look at a possible complete rebuild of the pavilion building, incorporating new changing rooms and maybe some other new facilities still to be discussed and agreed by the Council. We are at the very early stages of engaging with all potential sports users and building up the business case necessary to secure the funding for what is expected to be a very high profile project, and a significant investment in our local sporting opportunities.
It is clear already after talking with officials at Hadleigh’s football and rugby club that they fully support the project that will counteract the lack of playable grass pitch areas, particularly in the wet winter months. These two Hadleigh Sports Clubs are expected to become major users of an AGP, particularly their ever-growing youth sections. We also foresee other sports clubs making use of it, and as the AGP would be set up and operated as a facility for the Community, the general public could also use it. If it proves to be feasible, the Town Council would likely seek a partnership arrangement from the Football Foundation, the Rugby Football Union and Babergh District Council, and explore grant funding options to provide a major boost to the Town Council’s already-earmarked funds for the rebuild of the Pavilion.
This is an ambitious project that will take a few years to come to fruition, but I am delighted the Town Council is backing this project, shares the vision, and understands the need and the benefits that this project will bring to the Hadleigh Community”
If there are any sports clubs or organisations that would like to register their interest as potential users of an AGP at the Layham Road Sports Ground, would they please contact Andy McMillan the Town Council Manager.