The History of the Project
East Leake has grown rapidly. More than 1,000 new homes have been built in recent years, taking the population to approximately 8,000. This has happened so fast, that the village’s infrastructure hasn’t kept up. There’s a pressing need to ensure that we have the right amenities to meet our sport, leisure and community needs.
The Costock Road Playing Fields cover sixteen acres of land on the eastern edge of East Leake. They’re a fantastic facility, hosting the village’s main sports teams. Over the decades, they’ve been used by many thousands of children and adults for football, rugby and cricket. The site’s current building was constructed in the 1970's to provide shower and changing facilities for users of the sports pitches, as well as some space for social activities.
Known locally as the “Pavilion”, the building is partly on two floors and partly single-storey. Unfortunately, it’s now in a poor state of repair and doesn’t meet modern environmental standards – particularly on energy conservation. In cold weather, the heating has to be left on permanently to ensure the pipes don’t freeze. As a result, the Pavilion is very expensive to run. Its current layout also limits how it can be used for social and community events.
Since 1996, management of the entire site has rested with the East Leake Playing Fields Charity (ELPFC), which was set up for that purpose. The charity owns the original five-acre sports ground and leases the rest from East Leake Parish Council. Over the years, significant sums have been invested as part of efforts to extend the life of the existing Pavilion.
However, both ELPFC and the Parish Council believe that fully replacing it with a new Pavilion is the best way of creating a facility which will meet the future needs of East Leake.