District council offers £500,000 towards proposed sports facility at Carver Barracks

PUBLISHED: 11:47 21 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:47 21 July 2017

Carver Barracks. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Carver Barracks. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

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A proposal to build new sports facilities at Carver Barracks is closer to becoming a reality after a part-funding promise from Uttlesford District Council.

The council has offered £500,000 towards the plans, which will see an eight-lane, 400m running track as well as athletic facilities and a new sports pitch at the site.

The money is being made available by Uttlesford’s Strategic Initiatives Fund and, if the plans go ahead, will be matched with a grant from the government’s LIBOR fund.

An additional £200,000 could also be secured from the Royal Engineers Association.

The facilities would be open to the army, sports clubs, school events, and the public, and could be in place as early as January 2018.

The Carver Barracks project leader Lt Col Will MacDonald, Commander of the 29 Group Support Unit, said: “It is fantastic news that Uttlesford’s cabinet has supported the proposed sports facility.

“The agreement to join with the Barracks and provide a national standard athletics facility will only further cement the positive bond between the residents of Uttlesford and the soldiers of 33 and 101 EOD Engineer Regiments and 29 Group Support Unit.”

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