Playing fields given cash boost

PUBLISHED: 08:44 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 07:09 30 May 2010

Grant received to turn playground into multi-games area.
Felsted.
January 05, 2009.
Photograph by Michael Boyton.
Pic shows: The playground as it stands at the moment.

Grant received to turn playground into multi-games area. Felsted. January 05, 2009. Photograph by Michael Boyton. Pic shows: The playground as it stands at the moment.

NEW multi-use playing fields for Felsted have the green light after a parish council-led project received a grant of £61,000 from Essex County Council. Felsted parish councillor, Alan Thawley, said that the money will be added to the big lottery grant of

NEW multi-use playing fields for Felsted have the green light after a parish council-led project received a grant of £61,000 from Essex County Council.

Felsted parish councillor, Alan Thawley, said that the money will be added to the big lottery grant of £45,000 received last year - bringing the total in line with the exact amount to finish the project.

He said: "It has been about 10 years in the making since the parish council began to create the idea of making the best use of the playing fields. We are all delighted that the last 18 months of intensive work has meant that we now have all the cash we need to complete the multi-use games area."

A small resident-led campaign against floodlighting the new project was almost ignored by Uttlesford District Council after they granted permission for installation of six 7-metre high floodlights. But a condition that the lights are switched off after 9pm has been worked into the approval.

Mr Thawley added: "We will be using a local company to help us install the new fixtures and fittings. They gave us the best quote and we had seen some of the work they had already done on a similar project in Stansted.

"We now fully expect the new sports area to be finished by April 2009 and hope that the village will see many years of good use out of it.

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