Farndon Cricket Club chairman Mark Everington reveals plans for new pavilion on village ground between Marsh Lane and Fosse Road
A cricket club has revealed its plans for a new pavilion.
Farndon Cricket Club, which is based at the village’s recreation ground off Marsh Lane, has submitted plans for a new two-storey pavilion to Newark and Sherwood District Council.
The new pavilion will replace the current site and provide two team changing rooms, together with two separate changing rooms for umpires, one of which will have dual use as an accessible or minority gender changing room.
It will have a club room with a kitchen, bar and toilets for social events.
Work will also include a new 20-space carpark and public footpath with access onto Fosse Road.
Mark Everington, chairman of Farndon Cricket Club, said the plans were a huge boost to the village.
“It is a necessity to the village,” said Everington.
“The current pavilion has been there since 1973 and we desperately need to move with the times.
“The current pavilion won’t last forever and we need something better than what we currently have for the generations to come so they can continue to play football and cricket in the village.
“We have also seen what happens if sport isn’t being played on green spaces — they soon get turned into houses.
“You have only got to look at The Stadium at Elm Avenue or Lincoln Road Playing Fields to see that.
“They aren’t being used and you can see what could potentially happen with them, so we want to do everything we can to improve and protect our sports facilities in Farndon for generations to come.”
The new pavilion would be owned by the cricket club and would be offered to football teams who wish to use the site through the club.
“There will be no change in how we plan to run the club,” said Everington.
“We just want to have bigger and better facilities for everybody to benefit from.
“We are lucky to have retained this site for more than 50 years and we want to continue that.”
Last year, Farndon Cricket Club had 98 juniors on its books across its three teams, All Stars and Dynamos Cricket programme.
The club has four senior sides playing across the South Nottinghamshire League, Newark Alliance League and evening league.
The pavilion is also used by Sunday League football clubs Newark FC — who lost their former home pitch at Lowfields in Balderton — and Currys, who had to relocate from the Magnus Sports Centre due to issues surrounding coronavirus.
“Children need sports facilities to enjoy a release otherwise they can drift into other areas that aren’t as favourable to them,” said Everington.
“The main objective is to get the new pavilion through planning.
“We have been working on this for the past five or six years but the plan looks like it could come to fruition.
“There are still a few hoops to jump through yet — planning permission and a few other bits on our end — but we are hopeful that the project will be moving forward as soon as possible, unless something comes up and surprises us of course.”
The new pavilion plans are for the south side of the cricket pitch in a position which ‘maximises views to the cricket square from the club room’.
It also allows for easier vehicle and walking access from Fosse Road to the proposed carpark.
“We had complaints last season about cars parking on the fosse (Fosse Road) and we are incorporating a new carpark to cater to that,” said Everington.
“We want to work with the village and the people who live here to deal with their concerns.
“We have had talks with Farndon Parish Council and we have listened to and understood the main concerns.
“We have moved the current pavilion away from the houses at the back of the field because we don’t want to be intrusive and overlook gardens.
“We did research through the summer to see how many cars travelled to games to see what was needed and how many spaces were truly needed.”
A tree survey revealed four trees would need to be removed to accommodate the proposed access from Fosse Road.