Council to stump up new cricket lease
A lease renewal for Long Eaton Cricket Club to have another 25 year ‘innings’ on land at West Park is expected to get the go-ahead next week.
A meeting of Erewash Borough Council’s Executive on Tuesday (3 September) is likely to confirm that the new long-term lease will begin on 1 June next year.
The club was granted a 28 year lease to use part of the park in 1992 and built their pavilion on the land. Now, with less than one year remaining on the current lease, the club wants to secure its long term future and also wants to apply for external grant funding to improve the pavilion and cricket equipment.
To be able to apply for funding, organisations have insisted that the club must have a 25 year lease in place.
Members are also expected to agree a 25 year lease for the former bowling green toilet block in the park, which the club is interested in converting for storage and possibly converting to changing rooms in the future.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“Long Eaton Cricket Club is an important part of the large sporting community we have at West Park and we are more than happy to work with them to help them with their future plans. Agreeing a new 25 year lease will give them a solid platform to apply for grants from sporting organisations.”
The former toilet block has not been used since 2008 and to reflect the poor condition of the building, which has had vandalism problems, the council would charge a reduced rent for the first five years of the lease. The move would also see the council save money on future maintenance costs.