Cricket ground could make way for mega-facility

WELL USED: Hornby Cricket Club’s senior ground is under threat if a new recreation and service centre is built.

The New Hornby Library, Service Centre and South West Pool could be sited along the fenceline near McDonalds if city council staff decide to place it at Denton Park .

The Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board and affected sports users at Denton Park have been updated on progress council staff have made on the Hornby mega-facility.

Hornby Cricket Club president Kevin Hornbrook said it was pleased council staff had finally met with the clubs.

But he said the location option city council staff showed the cricket club meant it would lose its senior cricket ground.

“The line they would like to put it down is the fence line of McDonald’s through to the rugby club. It comes out past the toilets and goes down towards Denton Oval,” he said.

Mr Hornbrook said the club would be happy to relocate as long as the city council found it a new facility in the Hornby area.

Canterbury Track Cycling Committee chairman Shane Buckner said it had a good relationship with the city council and the club was happy for the Hornby facility to go ahead at Denton Park.

He said the club’s only concern was making sure car parking was looked at for the entranceway into the park.

Western News learnt the city council had asked the sports users to keep the topics discussed at the meeting confidential until a decision was made.

Meanwhile, where the new Hornby mega-facility will be placed has been asked to be further looked into by the community board.

City council staff gave the community board a brief update on progress made.

Western News was told the community board asked council staff to look at more options because all the locations only revolved around different settings at Denton Park.

But city council’s general manager of customer and community Mary Richardson said an overview was provided of several site assessments including Denton, Kyle and Warren Park.

It is expected the council staff will update affected parties about the facility in the New Year.