TILLSIDE Cricket Club’s ambitious plans to build a new £140,000 pavilion at its picturesque ground in Etal have been approved.
The club intends to demolish the existing pavilion - constructed out of panels from a second-hand chicken shed in 1981 - to make way for a new building that will meet league standards and modern expectations.
The proposed new pavilion includes kitchen facilities, showers for the players, a changing room for the umpires, new toilets as well as a grey water recycling provision, solar panels to help with water heating, waterless urinals, and disabled access. The current pavilion doesn’t even have electricity.
The club has been fundraising for some time and is in the final efforts of a last push to get towards its £140,000 target, thanks largely to the England Cricket Board which has indicated it will fund 70 per cent of the costs.
Its planning application was approved by officers at Northumberland County Council under delegated powers.
Tony Lowe, senior planning officer, said: “The proposal is considered to represent an enhanced sporting/ community provision for the local community and the principal of the proposal is accepted. The proposal is not considered to have an adverse impact on the local area, including nearby heritage assets, or residential amenity.”
The club requires improved facilities to be in place by 2014 to meet the standards required by the Northumberland Cricket League for its first team. The club, founded in 1889, operates two senior teams - one in the Northumberland league and the other in the Alnwick and District League, as well as a friendly team. It also has around 120 junior players, both boys and girls.