Aylesbury Vale District Council is one of 16 beneficiaries of a £689,573 pot of cash made available by the National Lottery and Sport England to protect playing fields.
The council has received £10,000 as part of the Protected Playing Fields fund and will be spending it on improvements to Elmhurst’s Alfred Rose Park cricket pitch and an all-weather wicket.
AVDC has confirmed the grant cash will go towards an irrigation system to improve the maintenance and quality of the cricket square.
There will also be an artificial all-weather cricket wicket and associated fencing after the local authority was successful in securing Section 106 developer contributions to fund the improvement project.
In a statement AVDC said: “The aim is to complete the project before the April/May 2014 cricket season.”
Sport England chairman, Nick Bitel, says playing fields are valuable commodities and must be looked after.
He said: “This fund allows us to maintain and protect these spaces so that high quality sports pitches are available in the heart of communities.”
Due to the huge demand for the programme and the high quality of applications received the initial £4 million budget for the latest funding round was increased by £1.5 million, allowing more projects to benefit. An extra £15m will be invested in the programme extending it to 2017.
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