Cricket Derbyshire opens discussions with Derby City Council following proposed facility cuts

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Cricket Derbyshire has opened discussions with Derby City Council in a bid to find a solution for recreational clubs following proposed facility cuts.

The Council has the task of saving £63m over the next three years and, as a result, funding for sports facilities in and around the city could be scaled back.

Council plans include asking sports clubs using local facilities to contribute to the upkeep of grounds, with the likes of Markeaton Park, King George V Fields, Parkers Piece and Chellaston Park all potentially affected.

Funding cutbacks could affect numerous local cricket clubs in Derby and Cricket Derbyshire – a unified body comprising both Derbyshire CCC and the Derbyshire Cricket Board – is working closely with council officials to find a solution.

Chairman Chris Grant, Chief Executive Simon Storey and Head of Development Howard Dytham all met with representatives of the Council on Friday, whilst Mick Glenn - Cricket Derbyshire’s Club Cricket Development Manager – met with Derby City Council’s Neighbourhood Facilities Manager to discuss the issue last week.

A consultation period will now take place, with Glenn and colleagues continuing to work closely with all potentially affected league and social cricket clubs during the process.

Glenn said: “Both the Cricket Board and the Cricket Club are very keen to work in partnership with the council and the impacted clubs to find a solution to these challenges.

“Many clubs, at various different levels of the recreational game, are set to be affected and have already begun to express their concerns.

“The good news, however, is the Council have entered dialogue and they are prepared to listen to our concerns and ideas. We are determined to find a suitable solution and will continue to work towards that goal.”