£100,000 facelift for sportsground's vandal-hit changing rooms

Changing rooms at a Horsham sportsground previously targeted by vandals have been given a £100,000 facelift.

Tuesday, 11th April 2017, 10:01 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 6:50 pm
HDCs Senior Assets Manager, John Loxley, Treasurer Horsham Baptists and Ambassadors Club Peter McMahon, HDC Parks and Countryside Officer Anna Chapman, Secretary of Horsham Baptists and Ambassadors Club Andrew Hall,PWA Designs Peter Williams,GWM Building Ltds Mike Manktelow. SUS-170604-114459001

Local footballers are now set to benefit from the new changing facilities at Bennett’s Field recreation ground, off Brighton Road.

Horsham District Council, which owns the recreation ground, has refurbished buildings on the site to provide two new changing rooms and a storage area.

The changing and shower facilities are currently being used by Horsham Baptists and Ambassadors Football Club and a number of Sunday League clubs throughout the year.

The complex of buildings had previously been derelict and boarded up after a string of vandal atacks.

The overall refurbishment cost of £99,763 was fully funded by ‘Section 106’ contributions to the district council.

Under the section of the Town and Country Planning Act, contributions are sought from developers towards the costs of providing community and social infrastructure, needed as a result of new developments.

Commenting on the new facilities, Horsham Baptists and Ambassadors football club secretary Andrew Hall said that Bennetts Field had been the home ground for the club for over 20 years .

“We are delighted to benefit from the council’s investment in updating the changing room facilities, which ensures our club can continue playing football here for many more seasons.”