Upgrade to Holbeach sports club and town park gets green light

Holbeach United under-eights are presented with their new kit at Carter's Park.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Holbeach United under-eights are presented with their new kit at Carter's Park. Photo by Tim Wilson.
  • Masterplan under way for Carter’s Park
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A transformation of Carter’s Park, home of Holbeach United Football Club, is to go ahead after a meeting between parish councillors and club officials.

Work on improvements, including a new roof for the main function room, rewiring and new catering facilities, have moved a step forward with the agreemend of Holbeach Parish Council which owns Carter’s Park.

What we have in the middle of our wonderful town is a beautifully established park that needs updating and all its facilities bringing into use.

Des Ford of Tigers Bar and Social Club Ltd

The talks took place after an approach from Des Ford of Tigers Bar and Social Club Ltd who wrote to the parish council in February.

Mr Ford said: ”What we have in the middle of our wonderful town is a beautifully established park that needs updating and all its facilities bringing into use.

“As a resident of Holbeach and an avid supporter of all sports and community projects, I have looked into the state of the current facilities that are available to the people of the town.

“There may well now be a window of opportunity to gain a community infrastructure levy that will benefit the town in the form of new park-based community facilities.”

Any improvements could lead to changes in the conditions under which the football club leases Carter’s Park from the council.

Parish councillor Paul Foyster said: “It is our intention to improve the facilities and increase participation in all sports, as well as more general use of our open spaces.

“But this is very difficult to do with extremely limited funds and one way round this is to apply for grants from outside organisations.

“The football club proposes to start the ball rolling with applications for grant aid to pay for improvements to the Carter’s Park grounds and the council, as owners of the land, may have to allow changes to the club lease to make grant applications easier.

“We have agreed these proposals in principle only but will consider them in greater depth when more information becomes available.”

Masterplan under way for town park