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Clays Lane Park Pavilion, the highly-anticipated community facility developed by St. Modwen at Branston’s Clays Lane Park, will open its doors for the first time at a free family fun event between 4.30pm and 7pm on Friday 24th July.

Residents young and old are invited to take a first look at their new facilities, which include an outdoor under-5s play area, football pitch, changing rooms, showers, a communal committee-style meeting room, kitchen, disabled WC, office, officials’ room and 20-space car park.

The official launch event will be a free evening of family fun, including football challenges with special guests from the Burton Albion Trust, balloon modelling, face painting, magic and refreshments.

Ian Romano, senior development surveyor at St. Modwen, said: “The fun event celebrates St. Modwen officially handing over Clays Lane Park Pavilion to the people of Branston.

“We hope that local people of all ages come along to take a look around their new facilities, which will help them to enjoy the outdoors right here on their doorstep for years to come.”

Mike Ackroyd, chairman of Branston Parish Council, added: “The Branston community now has ownership of this wonderful new sports pavilion, under-5s play area and football pitch. We look forward to seeing people of all ages enjoying Friday’s celebration.”

The single storey pavilion, which has been designed to Sports England standards, will be available for members of the local community and sports teams to use following the opening.

This is the first time Branston has had its own sports pavilion. St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, consulted with members of the community and Branston Parish Council before building the pavilion and enhancing the surrounding outdoor facilities.

The changes at Clays Lane Park are part of St. Modwen’s new Branston Leas community, for which construction work is underway on 660 three-, four- and five-bedroom family homes, and the extension to Rykneld Primary School, which will be ready in time for the start of the next academic year.

Part of the same development, work has begun on the new Branston Square local retail centre, Branston Leas Woods, and Burton Gateway Business Park, which is set to create up to 1,500 new local jobs.

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