Hastings & St Leonards Priory Cricket Club and South Saxons Hockey Club have issued a joint statement in support of the proposed sale of land at Horntye Park for housing development. 

As two of the original core clubs based at Horntye, with combined membership of around 360 adults and juniors, they have enjoyed 20+ years sport there. However, as a private charity Trust, the owners of the grounds and complex have been required to run the business with no external government or local revenue funding. The income generated over the years has not been sufficient to cover the costs of repairs and replacement of facilities.

Respective club chairs John Morgan (Priory) and Jeremy Bunday (South Saxons) say that the complex now requires a significant injection of funds to continue to provide any sports facilities, and that the only way to secure this funding is to sell the grounds, repair the building (which will remain), and replace cricket and hockey facilities at another location. The Trust has spent “significant time and money” investigating other sites in the Borough but none have been identified as viable, hence the decision to develop new facilities at Claremont School, just outside the Borough boundary.

They warn that, should the housing application not be approved, it is unlikely that either club will be able to continue providing cricket or hockey for their current and future members.

For a fuller account of the reasons for the proposed move, see John Morgan’s article here.

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