Isle sports facilities received a welcome boost in North Lincolnshire Council’s budget, in the shape of a new £3 million Crowle sports centre and £150,000 multi-use games area for the village.
Local councillor Trevor Barker said: “The sports centre is very good news but I hope work will proceed quickly and a suitable site for it can be found.”
Long-awaited skateparks for Epworth and Keadby will also receive a cash injection to enable them to reach fruition while Epworth Colts FC gets £75,000 to help it move to a larger site.
Epworth’s current multi-use games area will benefit from resurfacing.
For the elderly and disabled, there will be a new £1 million fund for support services across North Lincolnshire with learning sessions for over-65s to be run in Haxey, Epworth and Crowle.
A scheme to improve the controversial A161 traffic lights in Epworth is included within a £34 million programme across North Lincolnshire to improve roads and pavements, and there will be a new school car parking scheme in Haxey, where problems have long persisted.
Epworth and Crowle youth centres will receive facelifts with an additional £150,000 to ‘enhance activities for young people.’
Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, Liz Redfern said: “We have set an ambitious programme for investment across the Isle of Axholme. I am particularly proud of the £75,000 investment we will be making in defibrillators for our communities. Andrew Percy first brought us this idea and we will be working with him to deliver this in coming months.”
Preparation for the Crowle Sports Centre will begin this month with consultation with local people, to find out where they would like to see the centre placed, and what facilities should be included. The building is scheduled to open in early 2017.
Coun John Briggs, North Lincolnshire councillor for Axholme North, said: “We have worked really hard to secure the funding for this important new sports centre. It marks a massive investment in local sporting facilities for our area and will make a significant difference for residents of all ages.”
Isle MP Andrew Percy added: “These proposals are really exciting. This scheme just proves what can be achieved if local councils are prudent with residents’ money and this, coupled with a proposal to freeze council tax, will make a real difference to local families. I look forward to supporting the council in developing these ambitious proposals.”
Meanwhile almost £5 million will pay for flood defence work to the Trent and the Humber, with residents in the north of the Isle hoping a significant chunk of the cash will help with protection from the River Trent at Keadby.
Coun Barker, also a flood committee representative, commented: “Hopefully there will be clarification over the next few weeks as to where money will actually go. Anything to improve the situation regarding the River Trent at Althorpe and Keadby has got to be welcomed.
“We are still waiting for full reports from the Environment Agency and it is likely that any work that is done will be instigated by them.”