Plans announced for Eastbourne Sports Complex

Plans announced for Eastbourne Sports Complex
03 November 2021

A report has been submitted to cabinet, proposing to improve and expand the outdoor facilities at Eastbourne Sports Complex.

The complex, which was opened in 1999, provides a range of facilities for several athletic and football clubs across the town which use the site on a weekly basis, which in addition to schools, partners and casual use, generates approximately 170,000 visits a year.

The proposal for improvements includes the refurbishment of the athletics track and an increase in parking facilities to allow for more visitors, in addition to a new artificial grass pitch if funding is awarded by the Football Foundation.

If approved, the overflow parking area, located on The Fairway/Lapwing Drive and Bourne Avenue, will see its capacity increased from 80 spaces to 136 spaces, in addition to an improved traffic flow system for each of the parking areas.

Kevin Nicholson, cabinet member for health and housing, said: “As the council’s main outdoor sporting hub, utilised by a range of athletics clubs and schools for over 22 years, Eastbourne Sports Complex is an asset to the town’s aim to promote healthy lifestyles to our residents.

“The development at Eastbourne Sports Complex will have a positive impact on individuals' health and wellbeing, both physical and mental, which is more important than ever for anyone who has felt an impact on their health due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“By improving access to and the range of facilities offered at the complex, more people across our communities will be able to use and enjoy the outdoor sporting hub.”

It will be considered at the council cabinet meeting next Tuesday (9 November).

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