New 3rd Generation All Weather Pitch and Changing Pavilion Proposal at Tithe Farm Recreation Ground
Houghton Regis Town Council in partnership with a number of local football clubs and Bedfordshire Football Association are looking to develop a new artificial grass pitch and changing pavilion on Tithe Farm Recreation Ground in the summer of 2022.
This is an exciting project designed to improve sports and community facilities, and to enhance health and wellbeing.
Tithe Farm is one of four popular recreational facilities within Houghton Regis used by local residents for recreational and leisure purposes and sports clubs for training and match play. The site is also used by the Town Council for events.
The site currently includes 3 full size football pitches and a 6 changing room pavilion that is, due to age, becoming unfit for purpose. Current facilities are limiting the opportunities for people to participate, are costly in terms of repairs and maintenance and generally do not meet the needs of site users due to their aging condition.
The Town Council wish to offer high quality facilities for local residents to support a sustainable and vibrant community. This project has been developed as part of a review into use of football grounds in Houghton Regis and will help to coordinate football use throughout the whole town.
The proposal is to install a full size 3G (3rd Generation) floodlit artificial grass pitch suitable for training and match play on Tithe Farm. The pitch will have one 11 a-side, one 9 a-side, two 7 a-side or four 5 a-side pitches marked out to offer different forms of football. The facility would be of the highest current technical standards as set by the FA and will provide a high-quality training and match play area, and a venue for recreational participants. Alongside this a new 4 changing room facility with a small kitchen area and spectator toilets will be built. The changing pavilion will also have the option for a clubroom / meeting space which, depending on finances, may be a second phase to the development. The new facility will not only be of suitable size and quality but will meet recommended safeguarding requirements to enable use by males and females or adults and children at the same time.
Bedfordshire Football Association and the Town Council have considered different options but the current proposal has been identified to be the most suitable and agreed with the FA.
The diagrams below show a potential layout of the new facilities on the ground.
*Please note the number and size of grass pitches is shown for illustrative purposes only.
Possible pavilion designs (actual design to be confirmed)
As the Town Council hopes to apply for funding through the Football Foundation (a charity funded by the FA, Premier League and DCMS) the site will need to ensure it is accessible for local community groups, has an affordable pricing policy, offers both formal and informal recreation and supports a growth in physical activity levels in the area. Alongside club use of the site, we have already identified a number of health and well-being activities which could take place on the site.
The cost for the project will be in the region of £1.8m. The Town Council has identified an amount of s106 funding and hope to apply to the Football Foundation for a large contribution towards the cost of the pitch. However the Town Council will be looking for additional funding to contribute to the partnership funding required.
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We welcome any comments in relation to the project.
Contact details are:
Clare Evans, Town Clerk
01582 708540 email@example.com
Tony Luff, Head of Grounds Operations
01582 708540 firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Tracey McMahon, Chairman of Environment & Leisure Committee
Cllr Abby Slough, Vice Chairman of Environment & Leisure Committee
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