Green light for Nafferton’s new community facility

Exciting plans to develop a new state-of-the-art sports, educational and recreation centre for Nafferton have been given the green light by councillors.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has approved plans for the new community facility which will benefit all members of the community and provide access to a range of facilities.

The new centre, to be called the Feoffees Hall, will provide extensive sports facilities and a public function room, as well as becoming the new home for the Nafferton Under Fives pre-school.

The plans approved involve demolishing the existing sports changing rooms at the recreation grounds off Eastlands to provide the site for the new building of over 600 sq m (6,500 sq ft). The community facility will provide modern accommodation for the preschool with an enclosed outdoor play area, something not available at its current site at the village hall.

The sports facilities will include new changing rooms for home and away teams as well as officials, with showers and toilets and a public meeting hall and function room for use by a range of community groups.

Nafferton Parish Council is the sole corporate trustee of the Nafferton Recreation Club Charity and is working with the Nafferton Feoffees Charities Trust which has generously financed the building costs.

Jon Wortley, vice-chair of Nafferton Parish Council and Nafferton Recreation Club charity, said: “It’s great news that after many years planning and work, we’ve finally found a modern, much needed home for the village pre-school and up to date facilities for the sports clubs that use the recreation grounds.

“I must thank the Feoffees on behalf of the village for their amazing gift to the community.”

A public meeting will be held at Nafferton Recreation Club on Monday 11th July at 7:30pm, where members of the public will be able to view plans and ask questions of Feoffees, Nafferton Under Fives, Parish Councillors and the Recreation Club.

Mr Wortley added: “We are a growing community with lots of families and it’s important we provide the facilities to encourage youngsters to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.

“With planning permission granted for Feoffees Hall, we’re now in a position to go ahead with applications for funding to achieve our goal of developing the recreation grounds to their true potential.”

Plans include a multi-purpose sports pitch for basketball, tennis and other sports, as well as looking at facilities for younger people. An allocation of land for allotments for those wishing to grow their own vegetables was approved and fencing has been ordered.

The new building will be named in recognition of the Nafferton Feoffees Charities Trust and is hoped to be completed by late summer of 2017.

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