Retained sporting area

  • We have worked hard to ensure that, in addition to our 60 extra care apartments, the Borough will be assured in perpetuity that the ongoing playing fields will represent a productive sporting asset for the local community.
  • We believe that, in partnership with Epsom Sports Club, more local sport will be played on the ongoing site than has been played on the existing site in recent years, albeit with a somewhat smaller sporting field area (75-78% depending on definitions).
  • Users will be local, in contrast to the large number of out of borough football and cricket sportsmen using the site prior to 2014.
  • The key benefits to the community of our sports proposals are:

    • They are responsive to the practical needs of a respected local sporting club able to supply a diverse range of provision in terms of age, gender and variety of sports using a tried and tested sports management plan
    • They will assure the use of the fields for sport in perpetuity, with the first phase being run by Epsom Sports Club under the terms of a 125-year lease. The sports in perpetuity will be secured under a Fields in Trust, governed by the National Playing Fields Association; this commitment will be secured through relevant clauses in the s106 legal agreement.
    • They will bring an investment of over £1 million pounds (with the capacity to leverage yet more funding) into local sports facilities to deliver:

      Grounds levelling and drainage improvements

      An All Weather Pitch, with multiple uses

      A full size rugby/ soccer pitch

      A 9-wicket cricket pitch

      Two mini-soccer pitches

      A pavilion with clubroom and changing facilities

      Car parking for 40 cars

  • The Epsom & Ewell Infrastructure Development Plan, 2013 recognizes the need for All Weather Pitches and facilities for Mini-Soccer and the requisite external funding to enable this type of development. These proposals go a long way to provide the level of funding and improvements necessary to achieve these goals.
  • We have already started writing to local schools, including those using the fields in recent years, asking them to present details of their future needs. Ewell Castle School has responded already to advise that they would like to enter into a dialogue with Epsom Sports Club about usage of the site moving forward. So also has St Clement's Catholic Primary School and Ewell Grove Primary School.
  • We are confident of the practicality of achieving "More from Less" because of the credentials and skills of Epsom Sports Club, which has a successful local track record of promoting and encouraging participation in sport.
  • The Club provides free support for local school competitions, sport governing body activities and Borough initiatives and was awarded the Sports Club of the in a diverse range of sports, providing training and competition for all ages and abilities, as well as supporting players on the road to sporting excellence.