Owzat for club cricket!

Batley Cricket Club.

Batley Cricket Club.

A cricket club bowled over councillors as it revealed its masterplan to make it a thriving part of the community.

Councillors allocated £20,030.60 of their budget to Batley Cricket Club, based in Mount Pleasant, at the Batley, Birstall and Birkenshaw Area Committee meeting.

The club plans to renovate the kitchen and provide disability access to help turn the facility into a community hub.

Business manager Jabir Laher said: “As a club we want to do more and more.

“We want to take the banner of being just a cricket club away and we want to be known as a community club.

“Mount Pleasant is in the heart of Batley and although it has good facilities for cricket, we want to offer more.”

The club leases the building from Kirklees Council’s Streetscene and Housing Service, but it does not have disability toilets and wheelchair access in the clubhouse.

Schemes including a mental health project, an archery club and a junior cookery club currently use the facilities.

Club chiefs hope the improvements will lead to further activities being offered for community groups in the area.

Mr Laher said: “When it comes to providing healthy food courses, they are having to use other facilities. They are not fit for purpose. The kitchen can manage a couple of sandwiches for the cricket but it needs to be better than that.”

Councillors backed the project at the area committee meeting and spoke in full support of the club’s ambitions.

Coun Peter O’Neill (Lab, Batley West) said: “This isn’t just a cricket club, this is a community club. The ladies’ committee does great work for the community, like activities for children during the school holidays and learning opportunities.”

Coun Shabir Pandor (Lab, Batley West), added: “Batley Cricket Club has a long history and the last thing I want is for the group to go elsewhere. The club would become just another empty building.”




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