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PUBLISHED: 13:55 12 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:20 03 March 2010

A MEMORIAL to tragic teenager Vicky Hall could move a step closer next week when councillors consider giving a grant for the project.

By RICHARD CORNWELL

richard.cornwell@ecng.co.uk

A MEMORIAL to tragic teenager Vicky Hall could move a step closer next week when councillors consider giving a grant for the project.

Suffolk Coastal councillors have the chance to make a big difference to the appeal and bring nearer a venture which is badly needed by the community of Trimley St Mary.

They are being asked to consider giving between £12,000 and £15,000 to the scheme to build the growing village a new sports pavilion.

But members of the resources sub-committee will have some difficult decisions to make as they have applications before them asking for a total of £130,000, yet they only have £68,374 to give away.

The committee will look at each application on its merits and assess it against a set of criteria.

The Vicky Hall Memorial Fund, which is spearheaded by The Evening Star, and the Trimley Red Devils believe it has put forward a good case for receiving grant aid for the £180,000-plus pavilion on Stennett's Memorial Playing Field.

The venture has already received £40,000 in pledges, donations and the proceeds of fundraising activities, including a £5,000 pledge from Trimley St Mary Parish Council and £10,000 from the Suffolk Environmental Trust.

The appeal committee has also been promised substantial help from another major organisation, work in kind worth thousands of pounds from a building company, and still has some vital grant applications to be decided.

In a report to councillors, director of planning and leisure Jeremy Schofield says: "The council's leisure and tourism department have been in contact with the group developing this project, which has applied for Sports Lottery funding.

"The club provides meaningful occupation for a large number of children and young people in Trimley and the surrounding area.

"The project is identified in the council's playing space strategy 2000."

The pavilion will be mainly used by children – the Trimley Red Devils run football teams for players aged seven to 17 – also by cricketers and for small community events and meetings.

It will feature four changing rooms, each with its own showers. Toilets, including facilities for people with a disability, first aid area, cleaner's room, kitchen, storage, and referee's changing areas.

The social/community space will be big enough to seat 50 people at tables – 10 metres by 5.5 metres.

It will be named after Vicky, whose parents Graham and Lorinda are fully behind the project and they have been thrilled by the support from the public.

Vicky went missing as she walked back from a Felixstowe nightclub on September 19, 1999. Her body was found five days later in a water-filled ditch at Creeting St Peter.

Advertising freesheet owner Adrian Bradshaw, 26, of Felnor Walk, Felixstowe, has been charged with her murder and pleaded not guilty. He is currently held in custody awaiting trial.

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