Sutton United given Collingwood Rec land for the benefit of public

Streatham Guardian: Sutton United player Jamie Taylor celebrates a goal at Gander Green Lane Sutton United player Jamie Taylor celebrates a goal at Gander Green Lane

A football club has struck up a deal with the council to get the lease on a piece of land in exchange for encouraging children to take up sport.

Sutton United FC (SUFC) has been given the go-ahead to lease part of the Collingwood Recreation Ground for free as long as it uses it to encourage children to get healthy and for the benefit of the community.

The Gander Green Lane-based club already uses the Collingwood Recreation Ground site for junior team matches at weekend but now the team must bring greater benefits to people living nearby.

If it fails Sutton Council will revoke the lease.

SUFC is now planning to apply for a grant so it can build a new pavilion on the site that would help more people use it.

Dave Farebrother, chairman of the board of directors at SUFC, said: "It’s great news for the local area that the long-term agreement for the use of Collingwood Recreation Ground has been agreed.

"The agreement is a pre-requisite if we are to receive grants to support the construction of a community pavilion inside the boundaries of the Borough Sports Ground.

"The next stage is to sign a lease and submit our planning application.  We look forward to working with Sutton Council and the local community to increase sporting provision in the borough.

"We are grateful to the local residents and Friends of Collingwood Rec for their ongoing support of our proposals."

Coun Jill Whitehead, chairwoman of the council's environment and neighbourhoods committee, added: "With our increased responsibilities for public health, we’re very keen to support local clubs and work with them to find more ways for people to take part in sport.

"This agreement will not only provide sports facilities for a wider group of users but it will secure jobs and improve the neighbourhood."

 

 

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5:04pm Tue 28 Jan 14

merllin says...

So yet again our kind caring council is giving another resource away for nothing.
SUFC are not having to put anything into the use of the land but will no doubt charge people to use the facility so they will come away with a lot more than the Council, and therefore council taxpayers, will.
Sounds just about right for this Council, how many more years till we can vote them out!?
So yet again our kind caring council is giving another resource away for nothing. SUFC are not having to put anything into the use of the land but will no doubt charge people to use the facility so they will come away with a lot more than the Council, and therefore council taxpayers, will. Sounds just about right for this Council, how many more years till we can vote them out!? merllin

5:46pm Tue 28 Jan 14

cw17rb says...

What a negative mindset! How about looking at the bigger picture. The use of the Rec to encourage physical activity will improve health, therefore cutting NHS costs. It will reduce anti-social behaviour, therefore cutting police costs and it will reduce vandalism, therefore cutting costs of cleaning graffiti etc etc etc. I could go on, but I'm sure it would be lost on you. The benefits of physical activity are endless, but nevermind. Nothing 'free' can be good, can it?
What a negative mindset! How about looking at the bigger picture. The use of the Rec to encourage physical activity will improve health, therefore cutting NHS costs. It will reduce anti-social behaviour, therefore cutting police costs and it will reduce vandalism, therefore cutting costs of cleaning graffiti etc etc etc. I could go on, but I'm sure it would be lost on you. The benefits of physical activity are endless, but nevermind. Nothing 'free' can be good, can it? cw17rb

8:00pm Tue 28 Jan 14

suttondad says...

How about it also increases the links between the club and the local people who seem to have an apathy bout the club, in this money driven day of football, any opportunity to increase a lower clubs profile should be welcomed, the fact the council have put stipulations in place blow the myth of the council giving away for free, why shouldn't the club charge for a service???
How about it also increases the links between the club and the local people who seem to have an apathy bout the club, in this money driven day of football, any opportunity to increase a lower clubs profile should be welcomed, the fact the council have put stipulations in place blow the myth of the council giving away for free, why shouldn't the club charge for a service??? suttondad

9:58pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Monstermunch17 says...

The council needs to ensure the green space is still available for dog-walkers, frisky throwers, BMXers, skippers, crickets lovers, rounders players. It should not be a resource taken away from everyone who des not participate in junior football.

We need to be really careful with our parks, commons, rec and ponds. Once they are gone, they will be gone forever.
The council needs to ensure the green space is still available for dog-walkers, frisky throwers, BMXers, skippers, crickets lovers, rounders players. It should not be a resource taken away from everyone who des not participate in junior football. We need to be really careful with our parks, commons, rec and ponds. Once they are gone, they will be gone forever. Monstermunch17

9:59pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Monstermunch17 says...

Frisbee throwers as well
Frisbee throwers as well Monstermunch17

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