Why are we doing this?

To safeguard Bradley Park for the community and for future generations…

Kirklees Council has to make spending cuts of nearly £100m . The harsh reality is that fewer services will be offered. These funding cuts will include a reduction in the scale of Kirklees’ services and no likely investment for much needed new facilities on Bradley Park.

In July 2014 the existing wooden changing facility, which had been on Bradley Park for a number of years, was seriously damaged by an arson attack resulting in the council having to demolish the remains of the building. It soon became apparent that Kirklees council did not intend to replace the changing facility and to date the site remains largely unused as sports facility due to a lack of changing facilities.burnt-out-building

Friends of Bradley Park decided that the site could not be left to fall into disrepair with the loss of a very valuable local civic amenity and set about looking at the potential options and opportunities for the site.

fobp-founders-july-2016Friends of Bradley Park aim to achieve the following objectives, following the asset transfer of the whole site from Kirklees council, and as a result of securing funding for a new community building and associated sports and recreational facilities:

  1. A new building to provide community spaces for social, recreational and educational activities and services including changing rooms for the external sporting facilities.
  2. More activities and events taking place at the new facilities and on Bradley Park;
  3. Promote further community cohesion in the local area
  4. Financial self-sufficiency: the new building being used to finance maintenance of the whole site.
  5. Further improve the open space, sports, social and community facilities available at Bradley Park;

football-recentlyCommunity meetings and surveys in Bradley have shown a very strong need  – and desire – to keep Bradley Park as a open community space for everyone to enjoy for many years to come..

We have therefore been exploring ways to secure the future of our park and have a plan!