Cabinet agrees extension date as running track works hit the starting block

Uttlesford District Council's Cabinet has agreed to extend the completion date of the running track project at Carver Barracks, to 31 December.

The council endorsed a sum of £500,000 to part-fund the new facility in 2017, and a grant funding agreement was signed in 2019 when the fund was transferred to the Army. One of the clauses of the funding agreement was a 'longstop date' which is the latest time by which the project can be completed. This was originally set at 31 March.

There have been several delays, in part due to the new Ministry of Defence's procurement framework, but work got underway last week. With the project set to take a number of months to complete, the Cabinet has agreed to extend the longstop date to the end of the year.

Cllr Alex Armstrong, Portfolio Holder for Sports and Leisure, said: "2020 was a very unusual year and some difficulties arose which pushed back the start of the project. However, we're pleased to see that work has now started and we are satisfied it will be completed within the timeframe, and hopefully earlier. We will keep a keen eye on the progress.

"When it is ready and open, the track will be a fantastic asset for the military and the wider sporting community."

HoE at Carver Barracks, Lt Col Michael Garcia MBE, said: "It was great news to hear that the backstop date had been extended. This fantastic sports project initiative has at times been difficult to co-ordinate but now due to many hours of collaboration and hard work we are very much looking forward to when the project will be completed and being used by both the military and civilian communities alike."

15 March 2021