March Estover Playing Field plans moving forward

General View of Estover Playing Field ANL-151201-084136009
General View of Estover Playing Field ANL-151201-084136009

Hopes to transform March’s Estover Playing Field have moved on a step forward.

March Town Council agreed to form a community trust to run the field at its meeting on Monday last week.

Cambridgeshire County Council has agreed to transfer the entire field to the town, following a proposal by leader Steve Count.

Speaking after the meeting town mayor Kit Owen said this was a big step forward for the plans.

He said: “I am delighted that after an amount of anxiety and frustration that has taken place over the past few months, things are moving forward.

“I am sure the field will make a big difference to the town by giving additional sports facilities that currently do not exist.”

Members of the council will be meeting with organisations in the town to form the trust.

The town council has pledged to give £100,000 to fund improvements on the site.

Fenland District Council is yet to formally agree to give £100,000 to the project.

In January, members of the county’s general purposes committee voted to lease the whole field on a 99-year lease to increase sports provision in the town.

The county council had been considering a plan for housing and sports facilities on the 18-acre field, which sparked some outrage in the town.