PLANS to build new changing rooms on the Hagley village playing fields have been unveiled by the parish council.
The current dilapidated changing rooms will be bulldozed and the new building will then be put in its place after the scheme was given the green light by parish councillors who have agreed to find the £90,000 from reserves. That cash will then trigger a further £100,000 grant from the Football Association.
The ‘Pavilion’ will provide modern changing room facilities for West Hagley Football Club and other activities taking place on the adjacent playing fields.
Leader of Hagley Parish Council Steve Collella said the authority was delighted to be able to help fund the much-needed changing rooms.
“The existing ones are no longer fit for purpose and have been a maintenance drain on parish funds for several years.
“This represents a major investment in one of the parish council’s key assets and will be a great benefit to the local community.”
The project is due to be completed by next year.
This is the latest in a line of ambitious projects in Hagley – last year, the parish council saved the local library from threat of closure and installed a skateboard ramp and zip wire on the playing fields which are proving extremely popular with older children in the village.
The parish council is also in talks with Hagley Community Association over the planned replacement of the existing community centre with a new integrated community hub.
* HAGLEY Theatre Group’s Youth Section staged a successful ‘When the Curtain Falls’ production from April 28 to 30 to raise funds for the planned redevelopment of the village’s community centre to create a community hub.
The show raised £1,889 for the project and, set in an eerie abandoned theatre, featured ‘characters who had been left behind’ and songs from major musicals, including Annie, Mary Poppins, Chicago and Les Miserables.
It was reviewed by National Operatic and Dramatic Association’s (NODA) regional representative Trevor Guest who wrote: “Every song was excellently produced and the voices of 11 to 18-year-old performers were superb.
“An overall evening of joy, congratulations to all involved.”
Call 07907 457217 for more on the theatre group.