March playing field plans clears another hurdle

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Plans to transfer Estover Playing Field in March to the community have cleared another hurdle.

Cambridgeshire County Council leader Steve Count says the bid does not need to go to the Secretary of State for approval because the field has been given a low valuation.

Last month, county councillors voted to lease the whole field on a 99-year lease to increase sports provision in the town.

Mr Count said he was delighted with the news.

The final hurdle for the project is Fenland District Council to pledge £100,000 towards improving facilities.

March Town Council has agreed to pledge £100,000 but has not received official notification from the county council.

Mayor Kit Owen said: “I was assured by the chief executive of the county council that he would contact me with anything positive in respect of March Town Council with regard to Estover Playing Field and I have not heard anything official from anybody.”