East Harling is on the brink of developing major new sports facilities at its recreation ground.
The village’s parish council has been given permission to create a MUGA - meaning a multi-use games area.
At Harling, this would include a cushioned all-weather Astroturf-type sports surface enclosure with:
n A four lane 200m running track with a six lane 100m straight
n A full-sized hockey pitch
n Two five-a-side football pitches
n Eight 15m tall floodlights
n Access control
nThe potential to host other sports
In statements supporting the application, which has been approved by Breckland Council, the recreation ground was said to provide the village and surrounding villages with sporting facilities including hockey, football, cricket, athletics and bowls.
The new facilities would replace a grass hockey pitch which, according to the statements, was unsuitable in wet months.
“The proposed playing new surfaces will meet requirements set by English Hockey and the FA, providing the local sports teams, village and surrounding villages with a sports facility meeting all requirements,” the statements declare.
The new facilities will be available to clubs who currently use the ground and other clubs, schools and individuals through a booking scheme. It will be managed for the parish council by a sub-committee of the East Harling Recreation Users’ Association who will set realistic charges to cover running costs and maintenance and build up a fund for refurbishments and replacement. Charges will also reflect the use of additional facilities including changing rooms and showers as well as the lighting.
Proposed opening times are 7am-10pm Monday to Friday, 8am-10pm Saturdays and 9am-9pm Sundays and Bank Holidays.
The facility will be secure and access will be via key or access cards.
Conditions of use will forbid amplified music,
Floodlighting will only be on when the facility is in use and will be switched off automatically at the end of the daily hiring time.