Brigg Recreation Ground regeneration plans stalled

The tennis courts at Brigg Recreation Ground have been unused for many years. Now plans to replace them have stalled, for the time being at any rate EMN-150904-113331001
The tennis courts at Brigg Recreation Ground have been unused for many years. Now plans to replace them have stalled, for the time being at any rate EMN-150904-113331001

The planned redevelopment of Brigg Recreation Ground has stalled after funding requests to Sport England were initially turned down.

Now there is to be a re-assessment of the situation.

By the end of this year, though more practically summer 2016, tennis players in Brigg could have hoped to have new hard courts to play on after a £750,000 North Lincolnshire funding project was announced to kick-start the regeneration of sporting facilities at the out-dated venue.

The total spend for regeneration at the 1960s standard complex could have reached £3 million, with improvements to the changing facilities done alongside the tennis court provision in phase one.

For the past 20 years, Brigg Hockey Club has used pitches in Scunthorpe as there was no astroturf surface in Brigg.

England Hockey, after first not giving their backing to the project, are now reconsidering that decision according to hockey club treasurer Dan Garfoot and discussions are ongoing in the hope that the project can still be developed.

After announcing the project for tennis courts had also stalled, Coun Carl Sherwood, who has been leading the scheme, said the Recreation Ground Development Group is engaged in further talks at both local and national level.

It could be another option is to install a 3G football pitch, though this surface cannot be used for hockey.

Brigg Town Cricket Club has been playing fixtures at Brocklesby Park after the Recreation Ground was deemed of an unacceptable standard for the Lincolnshire League.

Reseeding of the cricket square took place in the autumn of last year, but it will not be fit for cricket until 2016 at best.

New pavilion and changing room facilities will also be needed if the club is to return to its former home.