TODAY will see a ceremonial sod cutting to mark the official start of a changing room project at a popular community park.
The long planned renovations to the facilities at Anglesey Community Park, in Cambridge Street, will now finally take place after a £30,000 grant from the Staffordshire Environment Fund was secured to help pay for the scheme.
The sod cutting will be undertaken by Lou Vanes-Jones OBE, who was one of many involved in obtaining the original old wooden changing rooms that used to be on site, and chairman of Anglesey Parish Council Hazel Woods.
Ruth Redgate, local council manger for Anglesey Parish Council, said: “This project has been a long time coming to fruition.
“To actually see the workmen on site and to know that come early summer 2013 the changing rooms will be completed is a major step forward for the parish council and the residents of Anglesey.
“We have been successful in obtaining a £30,000 grant from the Staffordshire Environment Fund (SEF) via the Landfill Com- munities Fund to assist us with the costs.”
John Dutton, SEF’s chief executive, said: “This project typifies what the fund tries to support: projects that benefit the environment and the community.
“The fund looks forward to the community making healthy and safe use of the park and its amenities.”
The project has taken more then five years to come to fruition and was the source of controversy after residents complained that the costs may fall on them via council tax precepts.
The build is being undertaken by Geo Hodges and Sons Ltd, who will also be overseeing students from Burton and South Derbyshire College who will be carrying out the main works as part of their NVQ portfolios.
Ian Vanes-Jones, programme area manager — construction crafts at the college, said: “By using the students we are given them invaluable work experience towards their NVQ portfolios and given then a chance to have a building locally that they can take a pride in and say I helped to build that.” The changing rooms will be used by several football teams as well as the Burton Albion Community Trust.