Sidley’s councillor Maurice Watson has voiced the concern of many local residents regarding the future of Sidley’s long established Cricket Club (Gullivers).
The ground, which hosted not only cricket, but football and various youth teams, alongside a social club and community space for functions and events went into administration last year and now lies empty.
There has been recent vandalism giving rise to more worry and there is suspicion that developers are earmarking it for potential housing development.
“There is not a day that goes by that I am not stopped in Sidley by residents wanting to know what is happening to Gullivers. I wanted to ask directly whether it featured in the Council’s Development and Site Allocations DPD or is there hope of maintaining a sport and community site for Sidley, “ stated Maurice.
“Leaving it derelict causes lots of potential problems for people living nearby.
How sad also to see the Honours Boards of past sporting members left on the walls, open to the elements where windows have been smashed in and litter dumped around amongst the uncut swathes of grass.
Increasingly recreational sites, particularly for young people are being bought up for housing and it is vital that we protect playing fields for the next generation. I shall continue to liaise with the Council about what is happening and keep local people informed of progress.”
The liquidator Jon Beard of Begbies Traynor has contacted the Observer to say that all action is being taken to prevent acts of vandalism.
He said: “We fully understand residents’ concerns and would like to reassure people that we are taking all necessary steps to prevent further damage occurring at the site.”