AN East Lancashire sports ground is to get a £20,000 new seating terrace as part of a makeover of its pavilion.

Accrington Cricket and Tennis Club in the town's Thorneyholme Road have applied for planning permission for the building of a raised terraced area and installation of new metal staircase to first floor.

Proposals for the £20,000 project at the Property Shop Arena include refurbishing the external seating area at the front of the clubhouse to create a more accessible area for people with disabilities or limited mobility, so that they can enjoy the facilities with safe access to all the amenities of the club.

The work will retain some of the existing terracing at the front of the clubhouse with a level platform being built directly outside the front of the new bi-folding doors that have already been installed.

The project will also incorporate a part of Accrington’s history, with the reclaimed Nori Brick to become a main focal point of the new area. The re-development will take place in two phases over the next 10 months, with brickwork apprentices from Accrington and Rossendale College to be heavily involved throughout the process.

This includes building a retaining wall to create a level platform, as well as minor repairs to the front terracing, before finishing the project later in 2023 through brickwork and the tribute to Nori.

The club are also seeking donations from local businesses and stakeholders, including cash gifts, building materials and outdoor terrace furniture.

Jonathan Hayhurst, Accrington Cricket and Tennis Club management chairman, said: “I think it’s great that Accrington and Rossendale College apprentices are getting involved.

"We want to build a great community club and we want people like the college being involved in everything we do.

“At the front of the terracing at the moment we’ve got an area that is in quite poor state of repair and we want to look at making it more accessible for all, including anyone with a disability or low mobility, so that they can access the bar area and toilet facilities, as well as being a great area to socialise in and to hold events for the community.”

Steven Buckley, head of sport and construction at Accrington and Rossendale College, said: “Accrington Cricket Club is a great venue but hopefully our students and in particular our apprentices in brickwork can be involved in building and providing a new terracing area, and making sure that it is accessible for all members.”

Accrington Cricket Club was formed in 1846 and has been at its current home at the end of Thorneyholme Road since 1877.