Erewash Borough Council looks set to stump up a new 25-year lease for Long Eaton Cricket Club so it can develop practice nets at its West Park base.

The club currently has a ground lease in place at the park on which its clubhouse is sited but has been in discussions with the council for the use of land next to West Park bowling green for its ambitions to add good quality training facilities.

A meeting of Council Executive next week (12 July) is expected to grant the new lease, with a report saying a review of the proposed site confirms that it is suitable for the development of practice nets.

The club has grown over the years and now fields a total of 15 teams. It has numerous junior teams and its ladies section has also celebrated success.

Councillor Michael Powell, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:

“The club is a real asset to the local community. We’re very proud to have it on West Park and have enjoyed seeing it develop and achieve so much. People of all ages, from children to adults, are involved and the addition of good quality practice nets will develop the success of this ambitious sporting outfit.”

The club already has planning permission in place for the training facility.

The meeting of Council Executive is at Ilkeston Town Hall on Tuesday 12 July at 10.30am.