Club hopes big revamp not on sticky wicket

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A LEADING sporting venue is hoping to improve its facilities.

Blackpool Cricket Club has applied to the council seeking planning permission for a two-storey extension to its pavilion.

The club says it needs to upgrade the amenities at its base on West Park Drive in order to keep up with increasing demand from club members.

An application for the scheme has now been lodged with Blackpool Council.

Changes would include increasing the toilet facilities at the club and remodelling a stairwell in order to allow easier movement around the building.

A design brief submitted with the application says previous investment has seen an increase in social functions at the club, which wants to build on this growth.

It says the club is used by a vast range of residents “for both sporting and social purposes.”

The report says: “The proposal presents an opportunity for the improvement of facilities that will undoubtedly support the current financial stability of Blackpool Cricket Club.

“It is considered to be an essential business manoeuvre to continue its business growth and future existence as an important facility for all.”

The club, which sometimes hosts matches for Lancashire County Cricket Club, is applying for grants to help fund the project.

The report adds: “Blackpool Cricket Club has identified that its increase in membership and social business requires substantial improvement of the basic facilities, and more specifically the toilets and circulation spaces.

“Previous internal alterations have gone some way to meeting the improvement aims, but ultimately additional space is deemed as being required.”

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