Bid for new cricket pavilion in Branscombe gets £3,000 boost

A bid to build a new cricket pavilion in Branscombe has been handed a £3,000 boost by East Devon District Council (EDDC).

The authority’s Community Grant Panel awarded the four-figure sum to the project for new facilities including toilets and changing rooms.

Branscombe Ravens Cricket Club also hopes the scheme will enhance the experience for players and visiting teams.

The village primary school will use space in the pavilion as an outdoor classroom and it will be available for community groups and activities.

The Ravens had applied for a £5,000 grant, but councillors felt they could not stump up that amount and settled for a contribution of £3,000.

Members suggested Branscombe Parish Council could be asked for funding.

However, several members of the cricket club have agreed to underwrite the remaining cost of the project.

Speaking on behalf of the club, Graeme Shorthouse said: “Our proposal to build a new sports pavilion in Branscome will provide a much-needed smaller community facility within the village.

“The benefits of the social side of the sport cannot be overlooked. Sport brings people with a common interest and passion together and provides a regular opportunity for the community to get together.

“The heart of this project is therefore not the facilities that allow sport to happen, but the venue itself that would allow participants to socialise on a weekly basis. To a community as dispersed as Branscombe, such a facility is much needed.”

Councillor Geoff Pook, who represents Beer and Branscombe, said it was a worthy project and popular within the local community.

Cllr Jess Bailey supported the grant, arguing that it is particularly important to provide schools with outside space.

The council cash will be handed over subject to the cricket club being granted planning permission for the pavilion.

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