Funds bid for historic club

The woodland area of Lytham Cricket Club's land which they are planning to sell for housing.'Main entrance.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'11-2-2014
The woodland area of Lytham Cricket Club's land which they are planning to sell for housing.'Main entrance. PIC BY ROB LOCK'11-2-2014
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An historic Fylde sports club has revealed plans to launch a major funding drive for new facilities, after schemes to sell-off land for housing stalled.

Following an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) at Lytham Cricket Club, members voted not to sell part of its land to developers to fund a new clubhouse and changing facilities.

Now new chairman David Perkins has revealed the club will look into other ways to increase revenue in a bid to 
revamp ageing facilities.

He said: “In the run-up to the EGM, the club canvassed the views of the membership with an online survey, and many volunteered their time and expertise, as well as cash to assist with the project.

“Following on from that, a new charity is being formed to foster the provision and enhancement of sporting facilities.”

Plans to sell-off part of the land were revealed in February, with a 1.5 acre plot near the sports ground’s entrance under review.

But heritage groups rejected the scheme, believing the 160-year-old club was protected by ancient covenants.

Now, after the decision by members, the club is pushing on with plans to improve its 50-year-old clubhouse.

Mr Perkins added the club was in dire need of an upgrade.

He said: “We have a scorebox that is in desperate need of renovation, changing rooms that are no longer fit for purpose and a clubhouse – known as the hut – that is realistically a few years past its use-by date.

“We need to retain the unique family atmosphere that is much loved by members and visitors alike, but we desperately need to modernise our facilities.”

Lytham St Annes Civic Society welcomed the move.

The society said the site was an important part of Lytham’s history. Member Marion Coupe added: “It is reassuring to learn that alternative proposals are now being considered for the future development of the Lytham Cricket Ground.

“We were dismayed to hear of the proposal to build on the cricket club land. I believe a similar proposal led to the formation of the Lytham St Annes Civic Society in 1960.

“We can understand the members need a new clubhouse and changing facilities, and clearly we should all pull together to help them achieve this.

“On our part, we are helping by offering to commission a professional layout of the grounds to try and accommodate what is required, and one of our volunteer architects has come up with draft plans for a new clubhouse.

“It is just not acceptable to sell off valuable and irreplaceable amenities in the town for short-term gain.”

Anyone who would like to know more about the future plans, or who feels that they can contribute in any way, should contact David Perkins through the club on (01253) 734137, or via email to dperkinswcp@aol.com