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Olympic cash to restore The Meadows

Posted on March 25 2012 at 10:08:08

The longstanding campaign to drain The Meadows playing fields in Alvechurch has at last found the money to carry out the work.

The field, also known as The Wiggin, has been waterlogged and unusable during much of the year for decades. Now a £33,000 grant from the Sport England Olympic Legacy fund should pay to solve the drainage.

It was made after a bid was submitted by Alvechurch Parish Council, which is the trustee of the playing fields, with the backing of Alvechurch Lions Football Club and Alvechurch Cricket Club.

Once restored, The Meadows will become the permanent home for the Lions and provide extended facilities for the cricket club.

Parish council chairman Coun John Cypher said the grant was a “win, win” which would allow sport to flourish in Alvechurch. “This is a fantastic award through the Sport England Protecting Playing Fields scheme. It will make the difference in bringing the sports pitches back into use after years of drainage problems.

“We can really move forward through our Alvechurch Sports Partnership to bring junior football and cricket to many more of our young people,” he added.

The news comes after Bromsgrove District Council last year withdrew its offer to pay for the drainage.

But the parish council heard at its meeting last month that Bromsgrove had now offered to spend “tens of thousands of pounds” on new play equipment at The Meadows.

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