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Financial partner needed for Bromley Norman Park new major sports hub

PUBLISHED: 12:22 13 December 2011 | UPDATED: 12:22 13 December 2011

It is hoped Norman Park will become a major new sports hub

It is hoped Norman Park will become a major new sports hub

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A financial backer and developer is being sought to create a major new 'multi-sports hub' in the borough.

Bromley Council is looking for a partner to fund, design, construct, maintain and operate new facilities at Norman Park in Bromley.

The site would be the borough’s main site for sports, if plans go ahead, combining athletics and pitch-based activities.

The council said it envisages four existing pavilions that support the park’s grass playing pitches, the pavilion within the athletics track and the unused gatekeeper’s lodge being demolished.

These buildings would be replaced with a new pavilion with moden changing rooms.

Visitor facilities would also be improved with new café and improved spectator stands.

Bromley councillor Peter Morgan, for recreation, said: “We will do all we can to facilitate the improvement of facilities at the park. Bromley has a proud sporting history and this is a fantastic opportunity to improve facilities and create a hub for the athletes of tomorrow.

“It is vital that athletes and their clubs will continue to be able to use the track. We recognise that pricing is a sensitive issue and use of the track must be kept within the financial reach of all existing and future users.

“Offers received will be discussed with existing users of the athletics track and the park.”

The council said any partner who takes on the project will have to have plans to increase sports participation across the borough and to develop relationships with clubs, community groups, schools, colleges and local businesses.

Bromley said it would draw up a service agreement to ensure the track and pitches are kept to a high standard but would be hired out at affordable rates for clubs and residents.

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