Way forward for Cabbell Park

Just Regional
Apr 28, 2016 3 mins read

The symbolic home of Cromer Town Football Club could remain at Cabbell Park alongside a £3.5 million pound medical centre for a three-year period.

In a deal put forward by landowners North Norfolk District Council and MedCentres, the football clubhouse could temporarily remain on the site giving time for a new sports facility, on the edge of Cromer to be developed.

The proposals would mean the Cromer Town Football Club can continue to raise funds to support the ongoing operation of the club through the use of the clubhouse.

Tom FitzPatrick, Leader of North Norfolk District Council, said: “The proposal has developed as a direct result of the conversations we have been having with MedCentres. Initially we wanted to see if the clubhouse could be used by the construction company and I’m delighted that this way forward has been found.”

Under the arrangement, the district council as landowners would sell the land at the front of Cabbell Park to MedCentres, arrange to lease the clubhouse back and sub-let it to Cromer Town Football Club for a three-year period, if the planning application is successful.

Mr FitzPatrick added: “The district council has always had the best interests of the people of Cromer at heart. We know that Cromer desperately needs a new medical centre; we also know that finding a suitable location is challenging – that’s why we have worked so hard to find a solution. We want to provide better facilities for people’s health and wellbeing in a way which meets the original bequest of Mrs Bond Cabbell, and I believe this does just that.”

North Norfolk District Council has supported Cromer Town Football Club and its desire to continue to play in the Anglian Combination Football League at Cabbell Park by draining land at the western end of Cabbell Park to ensure the realigned football pitch playing surface is to the required standard before the start of the new football season; submitting plans for a match officials’ changing rooms, which if successful could be built over the summer; suggesting the use of the Cromer Academy’s outdoor sports changing rooms by football pitch users; providing the ducting to support the use of floodlights on the new realigned football pitch; stating that car boot sales would be allowed to continue on the site during the forthcoming summer.

Mike Arnold, a director of MedCentres, said: “We are delighted that this way forward has been found and I’m hopeful that this will mean we can push forward with the submission of a planning application for the medical centre proposal knowing that there is a way for the football club to generate income.

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