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Ipswich: Clubhouse at Ransomes set to be demolished

18:25 06 February 2014

The crumbling clubhouse at Ransomes Sports Ground.

The crumbling clubhouse at Ransomes Sports Ground.

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Ipswich Borough Council is to demolish the clubhouse at Ransomes’ Sports Club because it is beyond repair.

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The borough has owned the sports ground since 1995, but only took over its management in November after a long dispute with the club management.

They were aware that the clubhouse needed work, but an initial survey showed it was in a worse state than originally feared and it was immediately closed on safety grounds.

A full survey has now been carried out, and this confirmed that the 1960s-built clubhouse was beyond repair and would have to be demolished.

The borough has put aside money in next year’s budget to allow the construction of a new sports pavilion on the site, complete with changing facilities and a club room.

They are also inviting clubs that use the ground to add more money, possibly from other sources, to enable a better building to go up.

Bryony Rudkin, the council’s executive member for leisure, said: “We have looked at all the options, but the building was allowed to deteriorate to such a state that there is nothing that can be done to fix it.

“We have put money aside to build a sports pavilion, but that would be much smaller than the clubhouse.

“There would be no bar, but there would be a club room for small functions.

“We are inviting the clubs to consider raising funds to enable it to be rather better than we could build on our own, but we aren’t looking at developing another clubhouse like the one that will have to come down.”

Clubs that used the existing building had moved to other council sports centres – many of their members travelled by car anyway so it was not difficult for them to relocate.

Temporary changing rooms have been delivered to the ground, and should be open within the next few weeks.

However the timetable for the demolition of the clubhouse and the construction of the pavilion has not been established.

Mrs Rudkin said: “We are talking to the clubs because we want to avoid disrupting their fixtures as much as possible.

“Clearly demolition work would require the closure of part of the grounds while it takes place on safety grounds – but we are keen to get things started as soon as possible.”

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9 comments

  • Whether or not the Council has covetous eyes on the site for house building purposes remains to be seen. It will be tragic if this superb sports area were to be concreted over but remember, the EU opened the floodgates to thousands of parasitic immigrants who have to be housed. This in turn was exacerbated by Labour governments failing to restrict numbers and now we have an unelected administration hell bent on destroying our countryside, tearing up the rule books and demanding Councils to find more and more building sites. A recipe for disaster in my view.

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    Cynical Sid

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • ransomes a great firm with some good foremen and managers.and also some evil ones.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • told you!! and this was denied

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    richard procter

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Saw this coming months ago sports fields, and allotments are prime sites for housing ...

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    ukmartian

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Typical let it fall into rack and ruin on purpose. If it was a private dwelling they would soon waste a load of money taking you to court and doing the repairs behind your back then charge you extotionate rates for the repairs.. Come on IBC time to fall into the one rule for everybody line and practice what you preach. Or you could just build anther secret bunker so you can all hide away nice and cozy when the floods come ( let us know where you build it and we will seal it fully with concrete once you are all safely in there. Then run the town with some common sense for once)

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    Mr cynical

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Oh dear we can't afford this. Let's sell the land off for housing, it will be much more cost efficient...

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    Mr Grumpy

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Really!!! Well I didn't see that coming...NOT!!! Really saddened by this as my family grew up with this club being a centre point of our social life. Yet another community facility being asset stripped by this council for their own benefit. They really are something else!

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    Scuzzer

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • This is all part of their long term strategy. This will be a social housing development within 5years. Labour run IBC have only one intention and thats to try and keep people poor and build lots of social housing so they get the votes. I think its disgusting how they conduct themselves. please Ipswich, vote them out.

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    Johnie Redwood

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Just waiting on the headline IBC grant planning permission on 'sports' ground

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    CleverReporting

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

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