Plans to improve a March playing field have now reached a landmark stage.
March Town Council and Cambridgeshre County Council have now agreed terms over the lease of the Estover Playing Field.
The county council had sparked outrage in the town when it was considering a plan for housing and sports facilities on the field.
But in January, members of the general purpose committee voted to lease the whole field on a 99-year lease.
The town council and Fenland District Council have each pledged £100,000 to improve facilities on the site.
Now the lease has been agreed, a community interest company is being established to manage the future develop of the site as a community multi-hub sports facility.
Groups in the town will be invited to have their say on the plans to improve the sports field.
A statement issued by mayor Kit Owen said: “This is a very exciting time for March and the public will be fully consulted to ensure that any proposed development aims to meet the wishes of all the various sports clubs.
“Please ‘watch this space’ because announcements will be made in the press during the coming weeks to bring all prospective users and interested parties together to ensure that a broad spectrum of the community will eventually be included on the management board of the new company.”
Leader of Cambridgeshire County Council, Steve Count, is thrilled with the latest development.
He said: “I am absolutely delighted I have been able to sign off the county council on this.
“With this lease the people of March have finally got the land needed to deliver a sports hub, both desperately needed and long overdue for our community.”
In January, Cllr Count proposed that colleagues on the county council to give the field back to the town to provide vital sports facilities.
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