Council move the goalposts as work continues on Cromer’s new medical centre
- Credit: NNDC
Work on plans to build a new health centre in Cromer is continuing - despite concerns it will leave the town's football club homeless.
North Norfolk District Council commissioned Renosteel Construction Ltd, Thrower & Rutland Ltd and Redhill Services Ltd to carry out improvements to Cabbell Park after MedCentres received the go-ahead for the multi-million pound development.
The pitch, floodlights, goals and dug-outs have now been realigned to clear the way for the medical centre after land was drained.
Part of the 'old' pitch forms part of the 'new' pitch. The pitch has been moved westwards within the site.
The local authority has also provided a new match officials' changing facility on the neighbouring Cromer Academy site; refurbished and improved the team changing rooms at the school as a replacement for the dated facilities at Cabbell Park; and provided a new path and gate linking Cabbell Park to the changing rooms.
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New posts have also been installed to match the new pitch layout, along with a new electricity supply.
Councillor Tom FitzPatrick, Leader of North Norfolk District Council said: 'We have been working hard to put the new facilities in, to support the provision of a modern health centre for the people of Cromer and to ensure that the club and football supporters have the facilities they need.
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'The before and after photographs tell the story of our investment in Cabbell Park. We will have improved football facilities, the clubhouse is available to be used and there will be a modern medical centre to serve the people of Cromer.
'The council is also working to identify a long term home for community sports facilities that can serve the people of Cromer.'
Earlier this week we reported that North Norfolk District Council is now actively pursuing two sites outside the town as a potential new home for Cromer Football Club after talks over purchasing the golf practice ground on the town's Overstrand Road broke down.
Speaking after an update on the plans at this month's town council meeting, Cromer mayor Tim Adams said: 'I'm still absolutely concerned here for the future of Cromer Town FC and Cromer Town Ladies FC. A location needs to be secured for them and of course Cromer Youth FC for the long term. A lot is at stake here including public open space and a lot of Cromer's history.'