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Spalding's Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field to undergo repairs this year




A schedule of works to bring Spalding’s Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field “up to the standard we need it to be” has been revealed.

Work to improve the steps in the main grandstand and to protect it from water damage was announced to forum members on Wednesday during a discussion about spending on services in Spalding.

South Holland District Council had a budget of £216,000, known as the Spalding Special Expenses budget, set aside in 2018-19 for spending on the town’s cemetery, allotments, playing fields and bus shelters, as well as Ayscoughfee Hall and Gardens.

But forum members were told that actual spending last year was nearly £237,500 due to the costs of a water leak in Monks House Lane and electrical rewiring work at Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field.

Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field, which is set for repairs this year, hosts the John Chappell Shield Final in April between Fosdyke and Sutton St James.Photo by Tim Wilson.
Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field, which is set for repairs this year, hosts the John Chappell Shield Final in April between Fosdyke and Sutton St James.Photo by Tim Wilson.

Coun Gary Taylor, deputy leader of South Holland District Council, said: "It's a facility of a certain age so it needs to be kept up to standard in order to prevent any dangerous situations from occurring.

Coun Gary Taylor, portfolio holder for communities and facilities, South Holland District Council.
Coun Gary Taylor, portfolio holder for communities and facilities, South Holland District Council.

"Surely it would be a worse position if we weren't able to use the playing field site because of a delay to the work being carried out.

"I would much rather see the work done than not to protect our assets."


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