Grants for sports clubs and facilities
District Council funding of more than £19,000 will go to several sports clubs and facilities in West Oxfordshire to help with projects that will benefit members and local communities.
Cabinet Members have recommended that funding is given to the following:
* Chipping Norton Lido: £5,000 towards replacing the outdoor pool’s shower boiler and central heating system with a new integrated system that will improve shower facilities for swimmers. The total cost of the project is £20,645 and the Lido is applying to other grant funders for assistance, as well as contributing £5,645 of its own funds. The Council has previously given a grant of more than £3,000 to help the Lido install a UV water treatment system in 2006/7.
* Charlbury Cricket Club: £3,332.28 towards a major project to build a new cricket pavilion. The existing pavilion was severely damaged by flooding in July 2007 and is beyond repair. The total project cost is £207,500 and the cricket club is contributing £145,000 of its own funds, along with sponsorship and other grant funding.
* Chadlington Sports Club: £3,240 towards sports ground equipment which will cost a total of £9,257.50. The club is funding 50% of the total cost. The club has previously received a grant just over £1,000 towards an artificial cricket wicket and bowling machine.
* Witney Mills Cricket Club: £1,050 towards purchasing a mower for cutting the cricket and football pitches at the sports field. The equipment will cost £3,000 and the club is funding the remaining amount needed.
* Chipping Norton Cricket Club: £3,500 towards the £10,000 cost of installing an all-weather batting strip with netting.
* Colston Lawn Tennis Club: £3,000 towards the almost £28,000 cost of resurfacing three of its courts.
Cllr Hilary Biles, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Tourism and Health at West Oxfordshire District Council, said: “West Oxfordshire’s sport clubs, associations and facilities do a great job of providing amenities and opportunities for residents to get involved in sports and active recreation. We can see from these applications that a lot of hard work goes into raising funds to maintain and improve these clubs and facilities, and the Council is proud to support this.”
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