In the last five or so years, management of the Club has been driven by a new determination to secure a more sustainable future and this has been best demonstrated in the very significant investments in the clubhouse and astro pitch. Both are proving to be big successes. However there are many other improvements which we believe are necessary and desirable and to this end we have been putting together a Development Programme which will help guide and prioritise our investments in years to come.
The Club Development Plan should be viewed not so much as a formal record of our ambitions, but as a record of our achievements too. It is a work in progress, a document which is continually being added to. Suggestions for additional items are always welcome.
THE STORY SO FAR
Having completed the construction of the astro turf pitch and The Cranston in 2009, the club has traded on a healthy basis day to day. Importantly, this enables us to meet our obligations to the Bank and other creditors (the English Cricket Board and Members’ Loans). It also supports the accumulation of sinking fund resources for replacement of the astro carpet at some time in the future and will allow new improvements in conjunction with the Development Fund.
The priorities set out in the Plan reflect a concern to defer any additional borrowing until the first five years of trading is completed and our liabilities to both the ECB and our members are fully discharged.
A measure of the Club’s improved financial stability was our recent ability to meet the unexpected cost of replacement of the flat roof over the squash court during 2010. The cost of the work - £25,000 – was met from cash flow.
Furthermore thanks to the generosity of one of our club members we have been able to fulfill two major, additional projects:
1. To excavate and relay the bases to the existing Car Parking areas, kerb the surrounds, set appropriate levels, construct retaining walls and build a central island which makes car parking vastly more efficient. The new surface is of a clean graded stone which is draining very well and is far less dusty and less dirty than before. The Main Car Parking lighting has been replaced with a newer far more efficient system which creates far less light pollution.
2. We have assisted the Tennis Section in replacing their decaying and unsatisfactory lighting to the top courts. This has proven popular with the Tennis players and has again reduced the level of light pollution previously experienced.
The Club’s Development Team, on behalf of Council has looked at the club in the round and asked itself “What do we need to have to provide a more complete facility“, and “Where do we want to be in 10 years time"
This has helped produce two lists of development ambitions:
1. A Main List which compromises major capital items. These items are most likely to be funded from capital borrowing or donation.
2. A Subsidiary List which comprises smaller projects which either compliment existing major projects, or a project which is a pre-cursor to a planned major project. It is expected that these would be planned and financed out of cash flow. Implementing these would show our ability to provide ongoing improvements for everyone to enjoy. It is hoped that a budget of between
£10,000 and £15,000 could be set aside each year to help implement these projects.
1c. Replace the antiquated and in efficient heating system. (The original was installed circa 1971 when the existing clubhouse was re- built. The introduction of 3 No Combi-boilers and better controlled radiators will provide much improved efficiency and performance)
COMPLETED JULY 2012
FURTHER AMBITIONS1. Tarmac the main and overflow car parks, with fully marked out car parking bays to maximise parking efficiency. ( To include water retention system, which overcomes the current restrictions imposed upon us by United Utilities. To also potentially include rain water harvesting system this would reduce our rapidly increasing water costs.)
2. Relay the entire driveway, kerb, tarmac and re-mark. Provide an upgraded external lighting system and improved signage at both the entrance point and along the driveway itself. (The driveway has deteriorated significantly and urgently needs upgrading)
3. Extend the external balcony to rear of building to over look the grass Tennis Courts. (Withdrawn from the original Development Plan because of budget implications, it would enhance the building at the rear and provide added value for spectators for sports being played on the back courts and pitches).
4. Landscape the area surrounding the Tennis Pavilion and reassess the area immediately outside of the Sports Entrance. (Provides an outdoor social area during the summer and tidies up the interface between the road way and the rear and sides of the Tennis Pavilion.)
5. Demolish the existing Cricket changing room on the back field and rebuild with improved facilities to assist Hockey. (The old wooden cricket pavilion is now 50+ years old and has no shower facilities. We need to create facility to deal with increased hockey demand for changing and possibly incorporate viewing area to the astro.)
6. Assist the Tennis Section with its ambition to improve and extend the number of floodlight courts or, alternatively, address the issue of an indoor facility and or the conversion of all or part of the existing grass courts into an alternative surface. (This needs further assessment, the newly refurbished lights and their use should allow us to establish if further development is justified.)
7. To re locate the
8. Convert the existing
1c. Carried major repairs to the existing wooden fence on the front cricket ground which sits adjacent to the grass Tennis Courts. (The wooden fence needed urgent repair and upgrading before the start of the 2011 cricket season.) COMPLETED JUNE 2011
2c. Installed seating to corridor behind the glass-back squash court.(The new glass back has become a focal point for watching squash. Fold up, fixed seating compliments this facility.) COMPLETED AUGUST 2011
4C. Installed a quality coffee machine in the upstairs bar. (Provides added value to members and visitors alike also creates an additional revenue stream for the club.) COMPLETED OCTOBER 2011
5C. Installed a trophy cabinet in the Sports Bar. (A bespoke trophy cabinet to go in the sports bar above the leather settees adds a bit more character to the room!) COMPLETED OCTOBER 2011
6C. Installed the ‘Friends of Neston Cricket Club’ board in the Sports Bar acknowledging all those who made donations to the joint development appeal. (A tidying up exercise from the original development, we did promise the members proper recognition for those who assisted us financially.) COMPLETED NOVEMBER 2011
7C. Inject cavity wall insulation to existing building to improve heat efficiency. (This involves the external walls of the squash courts, the player’s entrance vestibule and the flank walls to ladies changing rooms. This would need to be done before item 1 could progress.) COMPLETED JANUARY 2012
8C. Make good the pathway immediately outside of the ladies changing room fire exit door and install new gate. (The pathway immediately outside of the Fire Escape Door from the ladies changing room was uneven and was a potential trip hazard and needs dealing with.) COMPLETED FEBRUARY 2012
9C. Install low level lighting to main driveway, between Station Road & Bowling Green. ( Addresses the issue of pedestrian safety after dark in an area previously of poor visibility ) COMPLETED MARCH 2012
10c. Take out existing windows and wall in sports bar overlooking the score box and replace with appropriate steels. Re locate door onto the balcony and match curtain walling in the Cranston.(Would address the issue of reduced viewing to main cricket ground and improve heat efficiency to the room)
COMPLETED APRIL 2012
11C. Improve the CCTV system. Need to upgrade existing cameras and introduce three new internal and two new external cameras. ( Helps to to address the issue of Staff and member safety and allows us to be able to monitor who is on the premises and when ) COMPLETED APRIL 2012
12.C Fit out the Arthur Ashwell Bar and have it open when appropriate ( on going from original clubhouse re development). COMPLETED MAY 2012
13C. Replace the Lighting in the Sports Bar. (This area was deliberately left alone following the redevelopment, The new lighting scheme should improve things the character of the place). COMPLETED OCTOBER 2012
14C. Replace the Curtains in the Sports Bar. ( Following the recent installation of the new windows in this room a combination of Curtains and Window blinds may prove to be the best option). COMPLETED MARCH 2013
1. Render remainder of existing clubhouse in white to match new building. (Simply finishes off the building and takes that tired look away from certain areas.)
2. Install additional seating on the front cricket ground to complement existing. ( We have started to attract some well-attended cricket matches to Neston. In 2010 over 1,200 spectators enjoyed the Lancs 2’s v
3. Re surface and drain the compound adjacent to grounds man’s hut, to optimise storage and provide suitable wash down area. (Would tidy up this area considerably, but more importantly provide essential wash down area for ground equipment.)
4. Allocate an appropriate sum on an annual basis to be spent on the replacement of perimeter tennis court fencing. (A rolling programme.)
5.Replace 2 No Windows in home ( Male Changing Room ) to match curtain walling above and fit with top opening transoms ( improves heat efficiency and tidy's up external aspects ).
6. Fence off between top end of the ground between car park and the Wirral Way. Allocate an appropriate sum of money on an annual basis to install over say 4 years 160 meters of 1.8m high palisade fencing.(To protect the club from unauthorised access via the Wirral Way and more importantly the site of new
7. Provide additional pathway from existing steps at astro access point in the overflow car park to far corner by houses. (A pre cursor to moving the
8. Replace the wooden gate and posts, which provide access to the main ground via the drive way (It has seen better days!)
9. In conjunction with the Local Authority, purchase and install (brown) direction signs to the club from the A540. (Improves access and club awareness.)
10. Re-lay the path way to the side of the top astro courts adjacent to new retaining wall to include additional seating. To include improved drainage and manholes to existing perimeter tennis court drain. (Simply finishes off the recent car park works and creates a better interface between the car park and the tennis courts.)
11. Build retaining structure at corner of top astro courts and install steps and appropriate access. (As you look at the top astro courts from the driveway, the top left-hand corner needs tiding up. The ground is unsafe and a small wall and steps would resolve this issue.)
12.Replace window in Squash Changing room to match Curtain Walling above and fit with top opening transom.( Improves heat efficiency and tidy’s up external aspects )
13. Purchase 3 Picnic tables and parasols and locate outside Of main club house on the grass adjacent to the Wooden picket Fence. (Improves member/visitor viewing)
14. Replace the last remaining opening of Old Sports Bar Windows. ( Sees the last section of UPVC being replaced by Curtain Walling, brings the final opening in line with the rest of the room )
15. Replace the existing Sports Bar Furniture. ( The final task to complete the refurbishment, which is long overdue ).
16. Re-lay access pathways between lower tennis courts and upper level grass courts and between front and back cricket grounds.(All the access paths around the lower courts are breaking up, in winter they are often slippery, previous attempts to cover them in “ Grano Dust “ have simple resulted in parts of the lower astros being contaminated. Complete re-surfacing with a tarmac-type surface would resolve the issue here.)
17. Identify an area to relocate the tennis wall and possibly include a ‘Kids Zone Tennis Court’. (A dedicated practice and play area for very young tennis players possibly on the ground above the top astro?)
18. Glass fronted box to be located outside of The Cranston to tastefully and professionally welcome guests to the club. (Improves club’s image.)
19. Design and install 2 new road facing signs located at main club entrance and facing old Quay/ Parkgate front. (Improves club’s image.)