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Groundbreaking ceremony at Elsea Park estate in Bourne as work on new football pitch and pavilion starts

The ground has been broken and work has started on a new artificial football pitch and sports pavilion.

Delayed by coronavirus, work on the pitch at the Elsea Park estate got underway on Monday when contractors returned to work.

Work starting marks the end of a six-year battle to get the pitch built and chairman of the Elsea Park Community Trust Jono Brough said it was thanks to the persistence of the trust’s manager Barry Cook that it had been brought to fruition.

From left, Paul Fellows, Jono Brough, Barry Cook, Michael Marren and Robert Reid
From left, Paul Fellows, Jono Brough, Barry Cook, Michael Marren and Robert Reid

As a result, Barry was given the honour of ‘groundbreaking’ to mark the occasion, watched by Jono, vice-chairman of the trust Michael Marren, Paul Fellows, a town councillor and district councillor, and Robert Reid, a district and county councillor.

Located off Fontwell Park Drive, the pitch site will include a pavilion, parking spaces and a playarea as part of the £1.5m development.

It is hoped the work on the pitch and the pavilion will be completed by the end of August and, depending on social distancing guidelines, there will be a celebration event to mark the project’s completion.

Tractors move into the site
Tractors move into the site

Jono said: “Having had a couple of false starts, including one caused by the coronavirus lockdown, we’re absolutely delighted that work is underway.

“Our contractors, McArdle, have been keeping us informed throughout the lockdown and we are pleased to get going.”

Coun Reid said: “Once completed, it will be a wonderful facility to have at Elsea Park and for use by the wider community of Bourne and the surrounding areas, and the fantastic thing is that it will be self-financing so residents of Elsea Park will not see an increase in the annual charge they pay the trust.”

An artist's impression of the sports pavilion
An artist's impression of the sports pavilion

The work is being funded mainly by Elsea Park Community Trust, Sport England and a Kier grant as part of the Section 106 money it gave when it started developing Elsea Park, as well as grants from organisations including The Len Pick Trust.

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