Decision details

To award a grant of £9000 to Great Gaddesden Cricket Club

Decision Maker: Portfolio Holder for Communities

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To award a grant of £9000 to Great Gaddesden Cricket Club


To award a grant of £9000 to Great Gaddesden Cricket Club

Reasons for the decision:

In the Winter round 2019 a community grant application was made from Great Gaddesden Cricket Club which has received approval at the grants panel meeting on 17 December.


Their project is to replace the roof of the pavilion. The club's main pavilion building is old, with an original (heavy) slate roof. This is now leaking in several places and in medium-term danger of failing completely at one end. Dampness from the various leaks has caused internal ceiling panels to warp and the paint on them to flake. Short-term (immediate) action in the form of internal redecoration is required to comply with Dacorum Council's recent (August 2019) food hygiene inspection (cricket teas are served in this area to visiting teams during the summer season). The club will be undertaking this redecoration work itself in Spring 2020, when the winter weather is past. However, the underlying problem of the aging, leaking roof must be addressed to keep the pavilion clean, dry and safe and thus enable the club to continue. This will require completely replacing the roof with lighter, weathertight panels. The club is beginning various fund-raising activities now to raise the money required so that the work can be carried out following the 2020 cricket season (i.e. next FY). In this way the work to replace the roof can be in a planned, preventative way and properly scheduled before critical future problems arise from its increasingly poor condition


The club have provided quotes to support their application which show the roof-replacement work will cost c20,000. The club will commit some of existing resources and also fundraising. They will apply to external funders such as the London Luton Airport Ltd. Community Fund (Near Neighbours) in February 2020 which is when the next funding call takes place. They are currently in the process of trying to identify other funding organisations and bodies to approach. A grant from Dacorum Council is the first step in this process. It will provide a 'kick-start' for obtaining the overall funding required, enabling the project to take place within the scheduled time-frame and before the roof condition becomes critical.


It is recommended that funding is approved for release once the remaining funding has been raised to ensure that these funds are spent in line with the formal approval given by the grants panel.


Total project cost £20,000


£9000 DBC grant

£2000 own resources

£2000 fundraising

£7000 other funding applications




Alternative options considered:

Not to award the grant as detailed - This has been rejected because the application fulfils the Council’s scoring criteria within the community grant scheme.


Publication date: 29/04/2020

Date of decision: 29/04/2020

Effective from: 07/05/2020

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