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Memorial Playing Field Improvements

Plans are being drawn up in Hethersett to improve facilities on the Memorial Playing Field. 

The Hethersett Memorial Playing Field Committee is working with local sports groups and other organisations to provide better changing facilities, community rooms, new play equipment and improved access. 

A number of previous attempts have been made to upgrade the inadequate facilities on the field which plays host to Hethersett Athletic Football Club, Hethersett Bowls Club and Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club. 

“We are determined to improve the facilities and there is a determination from all the groups to work together to achieve this. We have made great strides forward already and this time we are determined to see the projects through to the benefit of the whole Hethersett community,” said chairman of the playing field committee Jim Bartram. 

Plans are being drawn up to build a new changing facility and turn the existing building into a meeting room with kitchen facilities. The group is also looking into obtaining grants to replace and add to existing play equipment to make it suitable for all ages from toddlers to teenagers. 

The group has already overseen the lopping of trees along the roadside and carried out drainage and improvement work to the existing football pitches. 

It has received a £5,000 grant from Grass Roots to provide a path from the Woodcote Sheltered Housing complex to Ketts Close to give residents easier access to the village centre. 

The playing field committee works under the auspices of Hethersett Parish Council and is working closely with the football, cycle speedway and bowls club and is also looking to obtain residents’ views. The plans are also supported by South Norfolk District Councillor David Bills who represents the village: 

“We will be consulting with the community every step of the way and are looking forward to providing facilities that can be used by the whole community,” he said.