Work got under way this week on Bury Town’s £100,000 clubhouse renovation.
After receiving no objections, planners gave the project the green light last Tuesday ahead of volunteers helping to clear the site ahead of construction workers moving in this week to begin dismantling the dilapidated structure, which was deemed ‘unfit for purpose’ by inspectors.
It is due to be completed by the end of July and is being subsidised by £50,000 from St Edmundsbury Borough Council after it gave the club a new five-year lease. The other £50,000 will come from club sponsorship.
Bury’s chief executive, Michelle Banfield-Curran, who praised the help from volunteers, said: “Obviously we’re delighted it all went through.”
St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s cabinet member for leisure and culture, Cllr Joanna Rayner, said: “As a council we are pleased to be able to invest in the new clubhouse using money that had already been allocated for funding for community sports projects.”
The club, who have been told by their borough council tenants they will not be able to stay at Ram Meadow long-term, as it is earmarked for housing and car parking, still plan to play five pre-season friendlies at Ram Meadow (see right) with a temporary bar.
n Meanwhile, young defender Will Gardner, who only signed from Haverhill Rovers at the back end of last season, making seven appearances, has left the Blues to join Soham.
n Former Bury manager Richard Wilkins has been named as Mark Morsley’s assistant manager at Needham Market.
n Bury’s pre-season: July: 12 Braintree Tn H 7.45pm, 13 Whitton Utd A 7.45pm, 15 Brantham Ath A 7.45pm, 22 Walsham H 7.45pm, 26 Ipswich Wand A 7.45pm, 28 Mildenhall Tn 7.45pm, 30 Needham Mrkt H 3pm; August: 6 Col Utd U18s 3pm.