Published Wednesday, 10 October 2018

A local cricket club will keep batting and bowling at the village green in Grayswood for another 40 years after Waverley Borough Council’s Executive granted a lease extension.

Weekend cricket on the green has become a focal point for the local community, as the club use the ground under the terms of a 10 year lease, due to expire in November. Thanks to the decision, made at the Executive Committee meeting on Monday evening, the club will remain on the grounds at the heart of the village and will also have greater long term security. This will help it to apply for grant funding and make improvements to the facilities.

 

Part of Grayswood Green, including some of the cricket ground outfield, is owned by the National Trust but managed by Waverley Borough Council, which will continue to maintain it. The cricket club will remain responsible for the upkeep of the cricket square, practice nets and score box.

 

Nick Burrows, Treasurer, Grayswood Cricket Club said: "Naturally we are delighted to have the lease extension agreed. This will ensure the club is able to continue to provide the local community with the means and opportunity to participate in cricket, across our vibrant youth and senior sections, for many years to come."

 

Councillor Ged Hall, Waverley Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Finance and Communications, said: “Grayswood Green lies at the heart of one of the borough’s most attractive and peaceful villages. We are happy that by increasing the length of the lease we can help to ensure that village cricket continues to be a fixture here and that the club will be able to keep improving the facilities for future players.”

 

Councillor Kevin Deanus, Waverley Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “Grayswood is a popular and well supported local cricket club with a promising youth team. We’re delighted to give those young players the assurance that they’ll be able come here and hit the opposition for six for many years to come.”