Son is determined to deliver John King legacy

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HOLBEACH businessman John King’s legacy to the town will be a youth football facility, accompanied by 34 new homes, if planners give the thumbs up.

Before Mr King’s death in October he offered to donate 15 acres of land on Pennyhill Road to be used for affordable homes and youth football.

His son Ashley, director of Ashley King Developments, is continuing the project and hopes to have a planning application with South Holland District Council by the end of April.

He said: “Our family has been associated with the football club for more than 50 years and this is something my father wanted to do for the community.

“It’s a shame he couldn’t see it through but hopefully I can do that for him.

“This will be his legacy to the town and something that people will continue to benefit from for years to come.”

John and Ashley bought the former PA Moerman nursery site out of their own pocket several years ago with the intention of developing it for youth football.

Plans include a clubhouse, with four changing rooms and a community room to host fundraising events, eight football pitches of various sizes and a cluster of homes at each end of the site.

The site will be looked after by the Holbeach United Youth management team.

It is a short walk from the George Farmer Technology and Language College and would provide enormous benefits for the school.

Headteacher Steve Baragwanath said: “This scheme will be of huge benefit to both the school and the community.

“Our pupils will be able to use the site during the day but I would need to see a footpath in place along Pennyhill to make sure it’s safe for them to walk along there.”

The housing on the site is being planned in conjunction with the Longhurst Housing Association.

The association is waiting to hear whether Government funding will be available to help with the build and it is hoped that there will be some news by April.