THREE Tadley sports clubs are to benefit from a share of £48,000 developers’ funds, with a further £1,350 dished out from taxpayers’ money.
Councillors at a recent meeting of the full Tadley Town Council voted in favour of awarding £20,000 to both Tadley Rugby Football Club and Barlows Park Management Association, and £8,000 to Tadley Calleva Youth Football Club.
Tadley RFC and BPMA, who both applied for more than £20,000, have yet to decide how to spend the cash after representatives of all three clubs pitched for the money in presentations made to town councillors earlier this year.
Tadley RFC chairman Roger Moffatt had submitted an application for a total of £25,000, towards the £30,000 cost of extensive levelling and grading work on the Red Lane club’s third pitch, and annual £10,000 maintenance of their other two pitches, along with a £2,000 commercial dishwasher.
Barlows Park, the home of Tadley Calleva FC in Silchester Road, submitted an application split into four stand-alone proposed bids, the first being for six temporary inflatable floodlights, at a total cost of £2,016, plus a storage shed for the floodlights at an additional cost of £289.
The second bid was for improvements to the pothole-ridden access road to the site, at a total cost of £22,500.
Barlows Park also applied for a replacement mower, costing £18,000 new or £8,000 secondhand, and their fourth bid was for any sum up to £48,000 towards the £120,000 cost of a full-size artificial turf pitch.
Tadley Calleva YFC applied for £7,548 to install floodlights on the Pineapple playing field, enabling teams to train locally, rather than travel to Basingstoke.
At the same meeting, town councillors voted in favour of two council grants of £1,000 towards the running costs of the Loddon Valley Day Care Centre, which provides respite care for the elderly, at the Ambrose Allen Centre, in Franklin Avenue, and £350 towards the running costs of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.