New changing rooms at Sunnyside open after £200,000 revamp

March 07 2019
New changing rooms at Sunnyside open after £200,000 revamp

CHANGING facilities at Sunnyside Playing Fields in Yate have been overhauled and extended at a cost of more than £200,000.

There’s now a larger sports changing room, designed in a way that makes it available to both male and female teams, plus two additional changing rooms.

The whole building is fully accessible.

It has also been redecorated and the fire and security systems have been upgraded.

Yate mayor John Ford, who is also chair of the town council’s properties and play area steering group, said: “I am pleased and proud to be associated with the enhanced accessible multi-gender sports changing facility at Sunnyside Playing Fields which has brought the facility into the 21st century.

It has come a long way since we used to change in the groundsman’s store.

On behalf of Yate Town Council, I would like to thank the building contractor for the courtesy they showed to the neighbours throughout the project duration, minimising disruption.”

In funding the scheme, £211,000 came from contributions from housing developers made towards community facilities as part of planning agreements. Yate Town Council was successful in its bid for the money from South Gloucestershire Council.

South Gloucestershire cabinet member for communities Paul Hughes, who was involved in the decision-making process to award the money handed over by developers, said: “We were delighted to be able to support the enhancement of the pavilion, which will benefit many more South Gloucestershire residents for years to come.”

The official opening took place on February 21 and was attended by residents, Yate Town Council members and playing field users.