Commuted Sums help five organisations in the Beverley areaFri 14th July 2023
Five organisations from Beverley, Cherry Burton and Molescroft have received £45,000 in total from East Riding of Yorkshire Council as part of Commuted Sums from local housing developments.
Cherry Burton Parish Council received £4,000 from Commuted Sums towards a £40,000 project -now completed - to install 12 new floodlights around the perimeter of the tennis courts on Cherry Burton Sports Field. In addition to the Commuted Sums award, the Parish Council have raised £7,000 themselves. Cherry Burton Tennis Club contributed £19,000, with the remaining £10,000 coming from the Cherry Burton Sports Field Management Committee.
Tony Baker, Chairman of the Cherry Burton Sports Field Management Committee, said: “The Cherry Burton Parish Council project to install new LED floodlights around the perimeter of the three all-weather tennis courts is now complete.
“We are delighted to receive the generous contribution from ERYC. The new Floodlights will be a tremendous asset to the village and will extend the playing season throughout the year.”
Molescroft Parish Council have been awarded £5,677.89 from Commuted Sums to purchase two new benches, a picnic table and a table tennis table to be installed at Molescroft Pavilion. In addition to this, the Parish Council will install a Trapeze Walk to provide greater entertainment for older children using the facility. Molescroft Parish Council also contributed £630.88 towards the £6,308.77 total project cost.
Councillor Mike Hildyard, Chairman of Molescroft Parish Council, said: “The new outdoor equipment provided by commuted sums is being very well used, particularly the table tennis table and the new picnic table. The trapeze walk is due for delivery shortly, for use during the summer holidays.”
Beverley & East Riding Lawn Tennis Club, based at Seven Corners Lane in Beverley, received £12,606 from Commuted Sums, allowing them to complete the resurfacing of three synthetic grass courts. The total project cost for this was £59,406, with the Tennis Club contributing £46,800. The project should see the new court surface last for 15 years.
David Beckett, Club Secretary at Beverley & East Riding Lawn Tennis Club, said: “Three of our seven courts at Beverley & East Riding Tennis Club have been completely refurbished with a new artificial grass surface, new net posts and nets. This project was helped by a significant financial contribution from East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Commuted Sums for which the club is extremely grateful.
“Tennis is a uniquely social sport that is a hobby for life and enables people of all ages to maintain a healthy and enjoyable lifestyle. Beverley & East Riding LTC is proud to be working with the East Riding of Yorkshire Council on our latest project to improve local sports and leisure facilities.”
Beverley Town Football Club received £11,300 from Commuted Sums to purchase a new rotary mower and to install a covered standing area for spectators, as part of the requirements for the club having moved into the Northern Counties East Football League. Beverley Town Football Club generated £7,318 of the £18,618 total project cost.
Beverley Town Cricket Club also received £11,300 from Commuted Sums to replace their outfield boundary fencing, as the existing fencing was becoming dangerous to players. The new fencing, which has now been installed, surrounds the outfield boundary and has also been used to create a seating area near the scoreboard and clubhouse.
Olly Grantham, Treasurer at Beverley Town Football Club & Committee Officer at Beverley Town Cricket Club, said: “Over recent years, the facilities at Beverley Town Football Club and Beverley Town Cricket Club have seen improvement in many ways, including playing surfaces, changing facilities, maintenance equipment and spectator facilities. These significant improvements could not have been achieved without the support of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Commuted Sums. As a charity we will continue to strive to provide the best possible sporting provision for everyone in the area.”
Councillor Leo Hammond, the council’s portfolio holder for planning, communities and public protection, said : “These awards of Commuted Sums from local housing developments as a condition of their planning approval have clearly given huge benefits to all these organisations in the Beverley area. It’s very pleasing that the council can facilitate these improvements, which help so many local people.”