Football and cricket fields are among the proposals for part of Eversley quarry
Plans to transform part of Eversley quarry into a sports complex have been revealed.
Football and cricket fields and a state-of-the-art hockey facility are among the proposals in CEMEX’s restoration project. The company will soon vacate the unused site, currently unavailable to the public, and will look to either lease the land out or create a trust.
The drawings and maps exhibited in Eversley Parish w ill form the basis for an outline planning application to be submitted to Hampshire County Council later this year.
Before the proposal is submitted, members of the public were allowed to have their say on the planned development on land to the north of Hall Way off Fox Lane.
Phillip Todd, chairman of the parish council, said: “CEMEX is working very positively with us to achieve something that can be available for local residents.
“We are making sure that the plan is flexible enough that anything that people have said they want could be accommodated in the future.
“We have not got the money to make it all happen next year, we are looking forward at the future.”
Some residents said they would like to have seen allotments, tennis courts, a pony trekking area and wildlife spots where people could roam and picnic.
“We talked about starting up a tennis club 15 years ago, but at that time there was not that much of a commitment” Mr Todd said.
“Since the London Olympics and Wimbledon, there is now a lot of new interest in tennis.”
Yateley Hockey Club, which has around 200 members, is keen for a 3G pitch as they have to travel for miles if they want to play.
A spokesman for the club said: “There is a lack of 3G pitches in the area for hockey.
“Very soon we will be homeless in Hart as the pitch at Frogmore will be for football use only and we will have to look elsewhere.
“I think a hockey pitch in Eversley would be good for local schools and for hockey generally as the pitch could be hired out.”
The land is already designated for recreational use by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership and is adjacent to a cricket pitch and football fields belonging to the Eversley Sports Association.
CEMEX wants to alter its former restoration plan to benefit more sports groups. The sports association and parish council have been in discussions with CEMEX to incorporate the views of the public.
CEMEX has said it wants to restore the land in a way which would ‘facilitate the recreation wishes of Eversley’.
Doug Bradley, parish councillor and trustee of Eversley Sports Association, said: “We have seen an interest for tennis facilities for the CEMEX site.
“We hope there will be freedom for other sports. Archery could be incorporated for example. CEMEX is eager to leave a legacy. They have been at the heart of the village since the 1970s.”
The progressively restored quarry, where sand and gravel excavation used to be carried out, provided materials for construction projects such as the Madejski Stadium in Reading and the Elvetham Heath housing development.
The former restored workings incorporate a nature reserve, nine hole golf course, playing fields and water sports facilities.
The comments collected from the public exhibition will be sent to CEMEX before a planning application is made to the county council.