As many of you will now know there was a fire at Claygate Recreation Ground on Saturday evening, 7th April 2018. The fire was spotted soon after 6pm and Surrey Fire Services were quickly in attendance and extinguished the fire. Surrey Police also attended the scene and are making further enquiries. It is thought that the fire was almost certainly started deliberately.
The fire was started at the back of the Community Clubhouse, by the storage building that was situated at the rear of the clubhouse and behind 8’ foot fencing and in a secure and locked enclosure. It has completely destroyed the storage building and all of its contents.
The storage building was used by Claygate Cricket Club for their junior cricket equipment, all of which has been destroyed along with outdoor furniture and other items that were stored there. The Cricket Club are currently creating an inventory of all items lost. It is hoped that this will be covered by CCC contents Insurance, but at the moment that is unclear. This is particularly bad news for the Cricket Club as they start a new season and were looking forward to the beginning of both Junior and Senior cricket training on Wednesday evenings.
Claygate Cricket Club’s President, Nigel Abbott commented:
“This is terribly sad news and another destructive event for the Club, we suffered the blow of losing the new clubhouse two years ago and despite the fact that we have come back extremely strongly, that had an enormous impact on us and the local community. This is nowhere near the same level or scale of destruction, but we are now faced with the loss of the equipment which enabled us to operate our junior sides”
Claygate Recreation Ground Trust’s (CRGT) Chairman, Helen Maguire commented:
“This is a terrible blow for the cricket club especially with the cricket season just about to start. Following this second incident the local police have said that they will be increasing their foot patrols”
The CRGT in liaison with EBC will be reviewing their security measures to see if there is anything more they can do to protect the site before the rebuild commences.
Looking at security measures moving forwards, the new Clubhouse will have monitored CCTV which has been generously donated by a Claygate resident and we are looking to install fencing to the rear of the Clubhouse completing the existing palisade fencing . The Trust has just received £2,000 in funding from Elmbridge Borough Council to go towards the cost of this new fencing.
The summer months, with the light warm evenings pose various challenges for the Trust. If you do see anything suspicious please don’t hesitate to contact the police on 101.
Waitrose, Surbiton Community Matters
On a more positive note, Waitrose Surbiton are supporting the fundraising for Project Phoenix through their Community Matters, green token campaign for the month of April, this will add to the superb fundraising efforts of the local community that have been on going since the Clubhouse fire in November 2016. These funds will now go towards the internal fitting out of the Clubhouse and the external landscaping.
It can also be reported that there will be further news in the next few weeks regarding the discussions that have been taking place between the CRGT and EBC regarding the Clubhouse rebuild project. This has been a long time coming but it has been a very complex negotiation process and the CRGT apologise for the delays, which have been beyond their control.