Our aim was to provide a facility at Costock Road Playing Fields which everyone in our village would be proud of and wanted to use. What we attempted was highly ambitious. In fact, it was unprecedented in East Leake.
The precise scale, quality and detail of the end result would depend on the money raised – both from grants and public fundraising. The more we raised the better it would be! Find out more about the finances on the Fundraising page.
These architect's drawings show what we were hoping to achieve.
Our vision was to create a fully flexible space for people of all ages – hence the strapline of Sport, Leisure, Community. We wanted to ensure modern sports changing facilities would be in place fully compliant with equality needs and suitable for all users.
In addition, the new Pavilion was intended to be a potential venue for everything from private parties, to community groups, keep fit classes and business training.
The new facilities were planned to be delivered in two stages:
- Phase 1 – demolition of the existing single storey pavilion and construction of a modern replacement with four changing rooms.
- Phase 2 – complete refurbishment of the adjoining two-storey building which will house two new cricket changing rooms.
It was hoped that work could start on site as early as January 2022.
There were also plans for a new sixty-six space car park for the playing fields, on the far side of Costock Road on the corner of Sheep Plank Lane. This was to be be funded from Parish Council reserves. The aim was to reduce congestion caused by on-road parking at weekends. A formal planning application was submitted to Rushcliffe Borough Council.
This project was driven by East Leake Parish Council, the East Leake Playing Fields Charity and East Leake Traders Association, who represent many local businesses. These organisations were supported by a team of volunteers.