Highmoor Playing Fields Pavilion and Car Park Improvements
Ribble Valley Community Sports Trust are working in partnership with Clitheroe Wolves to restore the pavilion building and improve car parking provision at Highmoor Playing Fields, Clitheroe. The new pavilion will not only serve as changing rooms for football games but also benefit other sporting, educational and social purposes for the whole community. The muddy areas currently used for parking will be reinforced with a permeable reinforcement mesh to prevent vehicles from getting stuck in the mud.
While Clitheroe Wolves have done a fantastic job maintaining and improving the football pitches the threat of the playing fields being sold to developers, the short-term nature of the lease agreement, and the fact that Highmoor is no longer used by CRGS has meant that there has been little to no investment in the pavilion or car parking areas for some time.
Clitheroe Wolves have recently agreed a long-term lease on the Highmoor playing fields with Clitheroe Royal Grammar School Foundation. This gives Clitheroe Wolves certainty over the future use of the playing fields and significantly improves opportunities to access funding to improve the facilities there.
While the signing of this lease agreement gives Clitheroe Wolves a place they can call a home the rejuvenation of the pavilion and car park improvements also provide an opportunity for the facility to be made available to other sports and community groups. We have already received letters of support from interested groups including art groups, the scouts, girl guides and Clitheroe Round Table.
The existing pavilion is in an awful state and has been subject to vandalism, attempted arson and weather damage in recent years. Even if the pavilion was in a useable state it would not meet modern standards and is no longer fit for purpose in terms of meeting the Football Associations safeguarding requirements.
The current proposal would rejuvenate the pavilion bringing back into use the toilets, changing rooms, kitchen and communal spaces for the benefit of all users. Claire Barton, originally from Clitheroe and now an architect with the award-winning London based architectural practice Haverstock, is working on a new layout design for the pavilion that will meet the requirements of the Football Association. We are confident that the new design will deliver a fantastic new facility for the benefit of the whole community. This page will be updated with floor plans and visualizations as these become available.
In advance of any internal improvement, urgent works are required to reroof the pavilion and prevent further damage to the roof structure and internal walls. This will secure the pavilion building to reduce the chances of anti-social behaviour and reduce the risk that the pavilion will deteriorate beyond repair and need to be demolished.
Car parking currently takes place on a small area of hardstanding and grassed areas adjacent to the access track. The access track is in a poor state of repair with numerous pot holes and the grassed areas used for parking are prone to becoming boggy with vehicles frequently getting stuck in the mud following modest rainfall.
The proposals include the removal of trees, the resurfacing of the existing access track and areas of hardstanding and the reinforcement of the grassed areas used for parking with a permeable grid system which allows the areas to be maintained as grass.
Formal planning permission has been received, now all we need is your permission to make this a reality. Please help us; if you cannot fund the pavilion and car park improvements, then help by spreading the love. Tell people about the project and ask them to tell others, retweet, like or whatever they can do.
Every penny and every pledge we get helps show potential funders how much our community supports the project and increases our chances of gaining the significant funding to make this facility as great as the town deserves. Your donation could be the one that unlocks major funding for our town so please spare 5 minutes and pledge today!
We want this to happen as much as you do, hence this appeal. If we, together, meet our targets, construction will commence this year. Great going everyone - thank you!