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Sunday, 21 December 2014

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Big changes planned for Cockermouth sports site

A £2 million vision redevelopment of Cockermouth’s Tarn Close sports ground has been revealed.

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FUTURE: Cockermouth's Kate Scott, right, cuts inside Whitehaven’s Ellie Glaister in a match at Tarn Close

Cockermouth Junior Football Club has been chosen by the town council to take over the site.

The club, Grassmoor Sports Centre, Tri-Lakeland, and Cumberland Football Association all expressed an interest in developing the ground and gave presentations to the town council last month outlining their plans and funding sources.

At a special meeting on Wednesday, councillors unanimously chose the football club as their preferred partner.

The site has already been leased to the junior football club for the last 12 months after the town council bought the land from Allerdale council.

It is hoped that the site’s long term future is now secure and that it can be developed.

Stuart McFadyen, chairman of the football club, said: “We are delighted that the town council has selected us.

“We had our aspirations when we got the short term lease and now that we have been successful in running the site for the last few months we know it is something we can and want to do.

“It is a really good facility for us and we are looking forward to working with the town council to provide a facility that Cockermouth can be proud of.”

The club wants to provide a permanent home for football in the town.

It wants to level out the pitch, create indoor and outdoor facilities, changing rooms and function rooms.

It said it had a long term vision for a synthetic indoor pitch that could be used by other sports clubs.

It will carry out the development in four stages and the club has access to funding sources like Sport England.

Councillor Alan Smith said: “The football club’s aspirations are absolutely phenomenal. It is such a ground-breaking proposition that it blew us all away and they have got access to the money to spend.

“We have nothing like this in Allerdale or Cumbria so it will put Cockermouth and the town council on the map.

“The decision is one of the most important I have made since I became a councillor.”

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