Driffield Cricket and Recreation Club have completed improvement works at their home on Kings Mill Road, Driffield, after an award of £28,803.98 from East Riding of Yorkshire Council as part of Commuted Sums from local housing developments. The club also spent £4,000 of their own funds towards the total cost of the £32,803.98 project.
The works included replacing the out of date septic tank with a new Sewage Treatment plant. The new plant allowed for a disabled toilet to be installed, which is situated at the changing rooms of the second pitch. Additional works to these changing rooms included adding a third changing room to be used for ladies' and girls' cricket, and to install a covered veranda in front of the changing rooms to allow spectators to sit and watch. This is also a preventative measure in case the changing rooms become out of access again, as they did during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ian Stabler, Project Coordinator, said: "The site has a lot of users, and the addition of a disabled toilet will not only give access to disabled users but will allow junior football, girls' cricket and visitors to the annual Gala Day to use a toilet without having to walk over to the main clubhouse, which could be a safeguarding issue for juniors. With more and more users, the club needed to get the infrastructure in place to meet the demand.
"The new Sewage Treatment Plant replaced the old septic tank; this allowed the new toilet to be installed, as previously piping would have had to go 200 metres uphill, and that wouldn't have worked. The veranda will allow players and spectators to sit outside and can be used in case something happens preventing use of the changing rooms, as they were out of action during the Covid-19 pandemic.
"Finally, the additional changing room was necessary, as, with the increase in female players taking part in All Starts and Dynamos, they have progressed and joined junior teams. This has led to more mixed teams playing, and therefore adding a third changing room will allow the female players to have their own place to change."
Councillor David Tucker, portfolio holder for planning, infrastructure and housing, added : "I am very pleased that we have been able to facilitate these awards of Commuted Sums provided by local housing developments as a condition of their planning approval. They have led to significant improvements at Driffield Cricket and Recreation Club, and I wish them well for the future."