Plan to invest £1.6m at Eastbourne Sports Complex approved
A proposal to invest £1.6 million at Eastbourne Sports Complex for improvements to its outdoor facilities has been approved by cabinet.
The approved 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.
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.
Councillor Kevin Nicholson, cabinet member for health and housing, said: “I am delighted that cabinet has approved the proposal to invest £1.6 million at Eastbourne Sports Complex.
“The investment at Eastbourne Sports Complex will have a positive impact our communities 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.
“The proposed upgrades to the running track will mean that Darlington schools will again be able to host accredited national school competitions, helping us to inspire and motivate future generations of young people for years to come.
“By improving access to and the range of facilities offered at the complex, more people across the town will be able to use and enjoy the outdoor sporting hub.”
The plan will go to full council for final approval later this month.