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Uttlesford Cabinet backs plans for running track at Carver Barracks

Uttlesford District Council's Cabinet has backed a proposal to part-fund an eight-lane, 400m running track, athletic facilities and new sports pitch at Carver Barracks.

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Uttlesford District Council's Cabinet has backed a proposal to part-fund an eight-lane, 400m running track, athletic facilities and new sports pitch at Carver Barracks.

The £500,000 contribution would be provided from Uttlesford's Strategic Initiatives Fund. The proposal will now need to go to Full Council for final endorsement.

If approved, the barracks would benefit from the release of a matched grant from the government's LIBOR fund, which supports Armed Forces communities, and also nearly £200,000 from the Royal Engineers Association Fund, both sourced by the army for the project.

The facility - which includes a full size football pitch in the space within the running track, and floodlights - would be open to the Army, district sports clubs and organisations and the public, as well as being available for events by local schools. It could be in place by as early as January 2018 and would be the first synthetic athletics track in the district.

Cllr Keith Artus, the council's representative for the Armed Forces and Community Covenant, said: "Local councillor Tina Knight and I have worked together with the Army on this project over a number of years to where it is now, an exciting reality that will benefit the district and beyond. For the Cabinet to endorse it and approve of this investment is a huge step forward.

"We have a strong relationship with the Army and it is good that we are continuing to work with them to deliver this much-needed facility."

The Carver Barracks project leader Lt Col Will MacDonald, Commander of the 29 Group Support Unit, who first proposed the idea in 2014, said: "It is fantastic news that Uttlesford's Cabinet has supported the proposed sports facility. The agreement to join with the Barracks and provide a national standard athletics facility will only further cement the positive bond between the residents of Uttlesford and the soldiers of 33 and 101 EOD Engineer Regiments and 29 Group Support Unit."

19 July 2017