Pirbright, Reigate and Claygate will all get improved sports facilities thanks to their communities bidding for more than £800,000 from a council scheme. Surrey County Council's community projects scheme, called Your Fund Surrey, will help fund a new pavilion with disabled access, a floodlit 3G football pitch and an indoor swimming pool.

The projects were all approved by Surrey’s communities cabinet member yesterday (March 16). Worplesdon councillor Keith Witham was saddenedPirbrightresident Derek Blythaway, a “tireless supporter” of the project was not able to see their new sports pavilion come to fruition, having sadly recently died.

Cllr Witham said: “Derek was committed to this project, he was one of the first people who spoke to me about the potential and he regularly phoned me to get updates. I wanted to mention the support that he gave unfailingly to it and I’m sure people in Pirbright will endorse that.”

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The village's existing cricket pavilion, nearly 70 years old and in poor condition, will be demolished and replaced with a meeting and activity space for multi-sports use, with changing rooms, toilets and a catering kitchen, all with disabled access. The closest sports provision with disabled access at the moment is Woking Sportsbox, 7.5km away.

LordPirbright’s Hall and Recreation Ground Charity was awarded a remaining £300,000 towards the £485,000 project. The pavilion will have air source heat pumps, solar panels and LED lighting and is expected to take six months to build.

Cllr Nuti said: “I will champion the hard work by our communities and the residents who are bringing these applications forward because it takes a lot to stand up in your community and try and bring together a project like this. No doubt there are always doubters but you can see they’ve raised nearly £150,000 locally, which is a tremendous effort.

“This scheme absolutely typifies what we want from Your Fund Surrey. This is a group of many people coming together, many teams, and this will bring the community together under one roof.”

其他e is also £363,500 going towards the £839,000ClaygateCommunity Pool project. The existing 20 metre outdoor swimming pool at Claygate Primary School, only available in the summer, is being built around so it can be used all year.

This is already underway and due to be finished next month, complete with a grounds source heat pump and solar panels. Then from May, changing rooms, showers, and a community room will be built and take about five months. Swimming will cost £5 a session and £10 annual membership, with discounted rates proposed for seniors and medical referrals.

Councillor Mark Sugden (Hinchley Wood, Claygate and Oxshott) said: “This project will open up an under-utilised facility to thousands of local residents that will make a positive difference to their lives, improving health and wellbeing and further bringing our diverse community together.”

South Park Sports Association has been awarded £150,000 towards a 106m x 70m floodlit 3G artificial grass pitch inyabo.netfor all year round play. This is the final amount needed for the £783,000 project, so work can begin imminently.

James Painter, community partnership manager at Surrey County Council, said the pitch was “well-needed” and had attracted 773 comments, of which 762 were positive.

Many local teams had found it difficult to find pitch availability in the area and the Redhill and District Football League has seen a 70 per cent reduction in participating teams in recent years.