Invitation to see plans to upgrade facilities at historic Wellesley Recreation Ground
Great Yarmouth's Wellesley Recreation Ground, which contains what is thought to be the oldest wooden football grandstand in Britain, and possibly the world, is set to be brought bang up-to-date with the addition of a new state-of-the-art artificial pitch area - and local residents and visitors are invited to have their say.
During a fun 'access-all-areas' event on Saturday, 21 August, everyone will get the chance to look at the exciting plans for the site, to see its untapped potential and contribute their thoughts on how the historically-important ground could be sympathetically improved for greater community use. Those unable to attend on the day can fill in the online survey.
Run by Great Yarmouth Borough Council, the ground is home to Great Yarmouth Town Football Club and Great Yarmouth & District Athletics Club, with community use on the Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) and tennis court. The football club uses the central full-size grass pitch which sits within the athletics track.
The council is working with the Football Foundation on proposals to install a brand new 9v9 3G pitch (a third-generation synthetic surface consisting of synthetic turf, sand infill and performance infill) which will sit to the south of the running track and be a separate area available for use by community organisations, other football and sports clubs, schools and other groups.
The all-day event opens from 9am, with the new plans on display from 9am-2pm and a presentation and Q&A session starting at 9.15am in the Clubhouse. Representatives from Great Yarmouth Borough Council, the football club and consultants Tim Wall Leisure will be on hand to answer questions.
Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic, explore all areas of the recreation ground and enjoy the fun football skills activities on offer.
Andy Grant, chairman of the council's Housing and Neighbourhoods Committee, said: "The Wellesley Recreation Ground is an important historic and recreational asset of Great Yarmouth and has great untapped potential. This engagement event, and the accompanying survey, is a great opportunity for local people and stakeholders to have their say on the future of the site."
Residents and stakeholders can share their views and insight to help develop the council's exciting new proposals for the site via the online survey which is open until August 21, 2021 at https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/wellesleyrecreationgrounds/