Maiden cricket scheme at park

Cricket. Leighton Town
Cricket. Leighton Town

Councillors have been bowled over by plans to introduce a Cricket Hub at Pages Park, giving the idea their backing.

Leighton-Linslade Town Council met with Graham Simpson (Team Beds & Luton business manager) and Martin Darlow (chief executive of Bedfordshire Cricket Ltd), to discuss potential funding support for the development of the facilities at the park.

During a leisure and community committee meeting, concerns were expressed by the Liberal Democrat group about the timing of the proposal and the potential for adult cricket to be removed from Mentmore Park.

It was stated that the intention was for cricket to remain at Mentmore in some form, but the limited size of the park meant that there could not be a cricket hub because there is only room for one cricket square.

An opportunity to increase cricket capacity was offered by Pages Park and Pages Field.

The motion was carried in a 4-2 vote, Councillor Nigel Carnell and Councillor Russ Goodchild voted against it.

Cllr Goodchild said: “My group were not against the principle of a cricketing hub but our vote against it reflected the fact that it would result in no adult cricket facilities in Linslade as Mentmore Memorial Park would be given up for children’s cricket only.

“I was also unhappy about the way in which this proposal was brought to committee and councillors were effectively bounced into making a decision so that grant applications could be submitted within a two-day deadline.”

Chairman of Leighton Town Cricket Club Allan Whatmore said: “I think the Cricket Hub at Pages Park will be a very useful investment, it will be good for everyone, the young and old.”