Rushcliffe Borough Council has agreed to a loan of up to £250,000 to help fund a new sports pavilion in East Leake that will offer a contemporary new facility for the village and surrounding area’s sports teams and function room for community use.
The authority’s Cabinet approved the sum to East Leake Parish Council at its meeting on May 10 that will now help complete the ongoing project to modernise facilities for the new building at Costock Road Playing Fields in the village.
It is set to include new changing rooms, showers, toilets, a kitchen and bar area and two club rooms, replacing the existing wooden pavilion on the site.
The current base, which is home to several local sports teams, is in need of the refurbishment and the loan and the short-term advance to the authority has now been secured.
It will be repaid by the Parish Council after it receives external funding towards the £970,000 project.
Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Finance and Customer Access and Chair of the East Leake Growth Board Cllr Gordon Moore said: “We’re very pleased to support the Parish Council with this short-term loan that could help kick start the next part of the process with the new pavilion.
“The Council always aims to support the local community and partner organisations and in this case to assist with the continuation of this excellent project.
“It’s vital we assist our communities wherever we can with the creation of modern facilities than can help maintain health and wellbeing opportunities and in this case a further meeting and function location too that could be an important hub to bring local people together.”
East Leake Parish Council’s Chairman Kevin Shaw said: “The Parish Council are extremely grateful to Rushcliffe Borough Council to agreeing this short-term bridging finance to assist us through a temporary cash flow problem.
“The loan will be repaid in full upon completion of the formalities in relation to long term finance being arranged through the Public Works Loan Board.”