Cricket club move ‘likely to be backed’

PUBLISHED: 09:00 21 December 2014

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A move by Budleigh Salterton Cricket Club to a new ground in Copp Hill Lane should receive backing from district chiefs, members have been told.

The club is hoping to move away from its ground in Granary Lane, which has been repeatedly flooded in recent years, and would be affected by proposals by landowner Clinton Devon Estates (CDE) to reintroduce tidal flooding to the Otter Estuary.

At the club’s annual meeting, members were told that detailed, professional plans have been submitted by the club to CDE, for a site at the end of Copp Hill Lane.

They were also told by member and East Devon district councillor Tom Wright that the council would be likely to be favourable towards the plans, even though the site is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), because of government policy supporting sports grounds.

Speaking after the meeting, he said: “Although if they move it’s in an AONB, there’s an allowance for recreational use.

“East Devon District Council is as of this moment carrying out a comprehensive playing pitch review. It is in favour of promoting all sport throughout the district.”

Cllr Wright added that a cricket ground was particularly likely to succeed, with deputy council leader Andrew Moulding formerly a senior member of Somerset County Cricket Club.

Cricket club honorary secretary Kevin Curran said the club was still waiting to hear from CDE about the plans, as CDE was still securing the funding for its Otter Estuary scheme.

The club, which has nearly 400 members, has enjoyed a successful year, turning an £18,000 loss last year, mostly due to flooding, into a small surplus, renewing its ECB Clubmark qualification, and attaining Community Amateur Sports Status as a limited company.

Retiring chairman Neil Rice thanked everyone for their efforts in achieving this success.

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