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Ashburton Cricket Club are delighted to announce that planning application for a new machinery storage facility, has recently been approved by Dartmoor National Park (DNP).

For the past 9 years, the club has used the temporary containers to store machinery and equipment that is required to maintain the ground and cricket facilities. These were broken into and vandalised in 2017 along with the clubhouse, and Sponsorship Secretary Chris Yeo has worked hard to raise funds for a new permanent and secure facility ever since.

Reflecting on the milestone, Chris expressed his gratitude to the community. “We are over the moon to now be in a position to start building our new storage facility. We are so grateful to those who have contributed financially to this project - particularly our many sponsors in and around the town, and our local County Councillor Stuart Barker. In addition, our thanks go out to the entire Glendinning team who have very kindly donated the materials for the project - drastically lowering our costs. Without these acts of generosity, the project would not become reality."

Ashburton Teignbridge and Town Councillor Sarah Parker-Khan said: "The cricket club is a very important part of our community here in Ashburton. Having suffered from a couple of break-ins three years ago that caused thousands of pounds worth of damage, a purpose-built storage unit that will be weather-proof and more secure will improve facilities at the club and the town council has been very happy to support the project."

Ian Glendinning said: “Glendinning is always pleased to be asked to help in community projects and we are proud to have supported the Cricket Club over many years. Good luck to Lloyd, Chris and all the team at the Club as they begin construction of their new storage building.”

Ashburton Cricket Club has two senior XIs competing in the Devon Cricket League and won its first silverware in 30 years this season when it won the Aaron Printers Narracott Cup. It caters for around 60 youngsters aged 6-13.

The club will be progressing with the build of this new storage facility in early 2021 with the help of local volunteers. More information can be found on the cricket club's website.

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