Sports

Overview

The field is private property, having once been a playing field for a Salesian School. It is now surplus to the requirements of the Salesian charity and its Trustees want to sell the land to defray the costs of a new school and sports facility in Battersea.

Our proposals will provide the Borough with new playing fields and facilities by improving the quality, drainage and levels of the sports pitches and investing in an All Weather Pitch, suitable for a variety of sports all year around, as well as a brand new purpose built pavilion for the sports facility users as well as other community groups. The fields will be secured in perpetuity for sports and leisure use. By our partnership with Epsom Sports Club we will ensure that more sport is on offer to more local people, including schools and other sports organisations.

Epsom Sports Club Club (comprising Epsom Hockey Club, Epsom Cricket Club, Epsom Lawn Tennis Club and Epsom Croquet Club) are in discussion with Ewell Grove School and Surrey County Council Commissioners about access for sport by local schools. Epsom Sport Club works extensively with other local sports organisations.

The sports pavilion design has been recently amended to make it a part 1 and part 2 storey building. This was done to reduce disturbance for neighbours and improve cricket viewing.

Sarah White, Club Manager for Epsom
Sports Club says:

"The Epsom and Ewell area is crying out for such a well-planned purpose built club house, all-weather pitch and playing fields. It is really important that we deliver this vital scheme for the local area – particularly if we want sport to continue to prosper in the area.'"

Whilst the Chairman of Epsom Hockey
Club, Ian Morrish, commented:

"After searching for a suitable venue for over 20 years, the Old Schools Lane fields will enable the Hockey Club to have a "home" base for its successful Junior and Senior sections, instead of having to use a number of All Weather Pitches in neighbouring Boroughs. It will be a fantastic asset for us and the local community to use"