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Council to ‘stump up’ new cricket lease


A lease renewal enabling Long Eaton Cricket Club to have another 25-year ‘innings’ on land at West Park is expected to get the go-ahead this week.

A meeting of Erewash Borough Council’s executive tomorrow (Tuesday 3rd September) is likely to confirm that the new long-term lease will begin on 1st June 2020.

The club was granted a 28-year lease to use part of the park in 1992 and built their pavilion on the land.

Now, with less than one year remaining on the current lease, the club wants to secure its long term future and also wants to apply for external grant funding to improve the pavilion and cricket equipment.

To be able to apply for funding, organisations have insisted that the club must have a 25-year lease in place.

The council is also expected to agree a 25-year lease for the former bowling green toilet block in the park, which the club is interested in converting for storage and possibly converting to changing rooms in the future.

Cllr Mike Wallis, responsible for culture and leisure at Erewash Borough Council’s, said: “Long Eaton Cricket Club is an important part of the large sporting community we have at West Park and we are more than happy to work with them to help them with their future plans.

“Agreeing a new 25-year lease will give them a solid platform to apply for grants from sporting organisations.”

The council has proposed charging a reduced rent for the first five years of the toilet block’s lease to reflect the poor condition of the building, which has seen problems with vandalism and has not been used since 2008.

This move would see the council save money on future maintenance costs.

The meeting of council’s executive will take place at Long Eaton Town Hall on Tuesday 3rd September at 10.30am.


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