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Positive talks commence on Council cricket facilities

Proposals to cut maintenance on Council cricket facilities have been deferred until March 2014 and positive talks have progressed towards a long-term solution.

Use of facilities for local recreational clubs at Markeaton Park, King George V Fields, Parker’s Piece, Chaddesden Park, Chellaston Park and Darley Fields will be available as normal for the 2013 season and all parties are confident of reaching a sustainable resolution for the future in the coming weeks.

Cricket Derbyshire’s Club Cricket Development Manager Mick Glenn said: “We’re delighted with the progress made at our recent meeting with the Council and we are confident a satisfactory resolution is near.

“The immediate news that clubs needed to hear is that they can plan their 2013 seasons as normal while further discussions take place behind the scenes to resolve the issue moving forward.

“Clearly we appreciate the pressure on council budgets and together we have identified a number of options to redress the balance without harming cricket in the city of Derby.”

Councillor Martin Repton, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture at Derby City Council said: “I am delighted with the positive involvement of local cricket club representatives and the constructive support of Cricket Derbyshire in helping to resolve the budgetary pressures the City Council faces.

“From a Council point of view, I am pleased to announce that we have deferred, until March 2014, the proposals to cut grounds maintenance at cricket facilities throughout the city.

“Despite the challenging economic times, it is the Council’s intention to work closely with local cricket clubs and Cricket Derbyshire to ensure that the sport of cricket continues to flourish and thrive in our city.”

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