Funding sought for Budleigh Salterton Cricket Club move

PUBLISHED: 06:30 23 January 2017

23-05-0399SH Otter Estuary

23-05-0399SH Otter Estuary


The partnership behind the Lower Otter Restoration Project (LORP) is seeking to find £1million to fund the relocation of Budleigh Salterton Cricket Club.

Budleigh Cricket Club pavilion flooded out. Ref exb Budleigh floods-1. Picture: Peter BowlerBudleigh Cricket Club pavilion flooded out. Ref exb Budleigh floods-1. Picture: Peter Bowler

The Environment Agency (EA) and Clinton Devon Estates (CDE) are sourcing funding for the project to reintroduce tidal flooding into the River Otter to prevent flooding of homes and businesses.

One of the key parts of the project would see Budleigh Salterton Cricket Club relocated from its current premises at Otter Reach, which sits on the edge of the River Otter and has been prone to flooding.

The partnership has confirmed it has managed to find funding partners needed for most parts of the project.

In a joint statement, the EA and CDE said they ‘remain committed’ but say obtaining the estimated £1million needed to relocate the cricket ground had been ‘problematic’.

A spokesman for the partnership said: “Budleigh Salterton Cricket Club is a treasured local community asset and its relocation to a flood-free site is essential, not only for the project to go ahead, but also to secure the future of the club.

“The partnership is continuing to investigate funding options with the cricket club, but securing such a large sum of money will be challenging.”

In response, cricket club chairman Greg Evans said: “We are very happy to cooperate with our landlords (CDE) to assist them in making the Lower Otter Restoration Project happen.

“We are very happy with the home that we have, which we believe is one of the most beautiful grounds in East Devon.

“It is frustrating to clear up after floods and we are exploring more options to make it more flood resistant.

“The LORP is not the only option for us. We are managing on the assumption that we are staying at Otter Reach.”

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