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Thursday, 30 July 2015

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Decision over future of Cockermouth sports ground

A decision on the future of a Cockermouth sports ground will be made on January 22.

Grassmoor Sports Centre, Tri-Lakeland, Cockermouth Junior Football Club and Cumberland Football Association have all expressed an interest in developing the Tarn Close sports ground.

They gave presentations to Cockermouth Town Council last month.

Each organisation outlined their visions for Tarn Close, business plans and funding sources.

Councillors deferred a decision to look at the plans in more detail.

A decision will be made on January 22 and it is hoped the winning bidder will take over the running of the site from July.

The town council bought the land from Allerdale council and has leased it to the town’s junior football club for the last 12 months. It wants to secure the site’s long-term future and work with sports clubs to develop it.

Cockermouth Junior Football Club said it wanted to provide a permanent home for football in the town.

The club, either working alone or with the Cumberland FA, wants to create indoor and outdoor facilities.

It said it had a long term vision for a synthetic indoor pitch to serve the area.

Grassmoor Sports Centre said it would view Tarn Close as an extension of its current site and would help other clubs to develop part of the site.


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