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Holbeach United submits plans to extend clubhouse and create kitchen area at Carter's Park




Holbeach United Football Club has put in plans to alter and improve the town’s sports ground.

The club wants to extend its Tigers Social Club at Carter’s Park, off Park Road, by about 90 square metres.

It also plans to build a new kitchen area where hot food can be served on match days, along with an upgrade of its changing rooms.

GROUND WORK: Holbeach United Football Club has put in plans to improve Carter’s Park.Photo: SG-260719-1.
GROUND WORK: Holbeach United Football Club has put in plans to improve Carter’s Park.Photo: SG-260719-1.

Club chairman Des Ford said: “We’ve put in a planning application to create a bit more space in the clubhouse, provide a new kitchen at the ground and refurbish all of the changing rooms.

“There’s a bit of space between the clubhouse and changing rooms that gives us a chance to put in a kitchen for use when matches are played at Carter’s Park.

“At the moment, our changing rooms don’t comply with the regulations of the Football Association.

“But there’s no timescale for the work because it’s all grants-dependent and without planning permission, we can’t get funding from groups like the Football Foundation.”

Plans to improve Carter's Park first emerged in October 2015 when Holbeach Parish Council, owners of the sports ground, applied for permission to replace the clubhouse roof and create a new entrance for spectators.

Then in February this year, parish councillors backed plans by the football club to refurbish the dressing rooms.

But the work is now more urgent after an electrical fault caused a fire at the ground two weeks ago which left one of the changing rooms badly damaged.

Mr Ford said: "We're working on getting the changing room cleaned up and repainted, with new benches ready to go in there and white panelling for the shower room.

"I'm hopeful that we'll be able to play Saturday's game against Sleaford Town and then work on our overall plan which is to make sure that we have a facility that allows us to run a minimum of four adult teams."

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