Plans proposed for Sobraon cricket pitch

The City of Lincoln Council, Lincolnshire Cricket and the University of Lincoln have teamed up to create a new Lincoln cricket facility.

The group is looking to develop the Sobraon cricket pitch site behind Burton Road, where the original pavilion had been burned down.

Because of this, the community field’s use has been limited, due to lack of facilities.

Their aim is to make facilities for male, female, junior and disabled cricket within the newly developed pavilion as well as promote healthy living.

There will also be slight amendments to the current cricket pitch, as well as artificial surfaces for coaching.

The Council would invest £124,800 into the site, however there is concern that a lack of external funding could cause the plans to come to a standstill.

At present, the area is used by the local community as a recreational ground for dog walking and children to play safely.

The consultation period showed there were mixed feelings within the community, as many believed they would lose access to the open land.

However, the council and university assured locals that they will be allowed to use the area as normal once it had been rebuilt.

The university believes the area would be a great opportunity to increase cricket participation in Lincolnshire, and look to lease the pitch from the council.

“There is a superb opportunity for the University of Lincoln to lead in providing cricket for its students and staff and also in partnership with Lincolnshire Cricket develop a strong community offer.”

The plans are still currently undergoing assessment before being submitted as a final planning application.

The proposal will have to get the approval of the council’s Executive Committee at a meeting on November 22 at the City Hall.

Read the full plans for Sobraon playing field [PDF].