Liberal Democrats have strongly backed the football stadium development, together a cafe at Meadowbank which we have long promoted, and are delighted that the District Council has obtained a £500,000 grant towards the cost of the all-weather pitch and that planning permission for the development has been granted. We are also seeking to ensure that the children’s playground is enhanced (and the indoor soft play area built) as part of the project so that all members of the community can fully benefit from the development.
We have, however, called-in the specific decision that the facility should be let to a single football club and not necessarily made available to both senior football clubs in the town. The decision to call-in this specific point for review resulted from the issues created by the success of Dorking Wanderers at Westhumble Playing Fields where the infrastructure is not good enough to support a team in the league that they will be playing in from next season. We regret that Conservative Councillors were not prepared to give due consideration to this issue.
We are delighted that this development is proceeding – on completion it will be an outstanding new facility for Dorking.