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Cherry Burton sports project completed

A near £68,000 project which has seen the refurbishment of the sports field pavilion at Cherry Burton and drainage improvements on two of the three football pitches has now been completed.

The project has been funded by the FCC Communities Foundation, which has contributed £37,836, and East Riding of Yorkshire Council, who contributed £22,000. The balance of £7,813 was funded by village sports clubs, Cherry Burton Parish Council and the sports field management committee.

The grant money awarded has been used to replace the pavilion roof, install new windows, build a new disabled toilet and re-panel the exterior of the pavilion.

Two football pitches have also been improved by adding 180 tonnes of sports sand, reseeding and upgrading the drainage.

Steve Peirson, chairman of the parish council, told Beverley FM he believed the investment will encourage more people to use the facilities and get involved in sport. The pavilion refurbishment is expected to extend its life by at least another 25 years.

FCC Communities Foundation is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Penny Horne, FCC Communities Foundation Grant Manager for Humber, said: “It’s wonderful to see the pavilion and sports field looking in tip top condition and ready to serve people young and old within Cherry Burton and the surrounding villages. FCC Communities Foundation is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that benefit local communities, and this is a great example of what can be achieved.”

£20,000 of the grant awarded by East Riding of Yorkshire Council has been from the Commuted Sums budget;, and £2,000 from the council’s Sport, Play and  Arts Service’s  Active Creative Grant.

Further plans are in the pipeline to agree additional funding to upgrade the three changing rooms and provide a nature trail on the site.

 Already small bird boxes, owl boxes, bat boxes and the planting of wild flowers have added to the ecology of the site.