Work on the construction of a new sports pavilion and outdoor play facilities at Clays Lane Park, Branston, is underway.
Developed by St. Modwen, the single storey pavilion, which has been designed to Sports England standards, is due to be available for members of the local community to use this summer.
This is the first time Branston has had its own sports pavilion, which will include two changing rooms, toilet and shower facilities, a communal committee-style meeting room, kitchen, disabled WC and an officials’ room, to be used as a base for those involved in organising sporting events.
Improvements to the outside space at Clays Lane Park are also taking place. These will include the creation of an under-5s play area, a football pitch and 20 car parking spaces.
St. Modwen consulted with members of the community and Branston Parish Council before submitting its plans to build the pavilion and enhance the surrounding outdoor facilities to East Staffordshire Borough Council.
Ian Romano, senior development surveyor at St. Modwen, said: “These new sports facilities are an important part of St. Modwen’s wider regeneration of Branston.
“There are currently no changing or pavilion facilities available anywhere in the village, so the development that is taking place will enhance residents’ enjoyment of the outdoors right here on their doorstep.”
Mike Ackroyd, chairman of Branston Parish Council, added: “It is good to see that work on the pavilion and other facilities has started on-site. I predict that the sports pavilion, under-5s play area and football pitch are going to be well-utilised by the people of Branston this summer and for years to come.”
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. Part of the same development, work on the new Branston Square local retail centre and Burton Gateway Business Park, which is set to create up to 1,500 new local jobs, will begin later this year.
Further information on the development can be found at www.clayslane.co.uk.