Kidmore End's 'green' cricket pavilion opens

A cricket pavilion that cost more than half a million pounds to build is opening in south Oxfordshire.

The £590,000 facility at Gallowstree Common Recreation Ground, Kidmore End, is being officially opened by Kidmore End Parish Council.

The building is described as being energy efficient, powered by ground source pumps and solar panels.

Giles Martin, chairman of the council, said it met "the standards required for the 21st Century".

Bill Service, cabinet member for grants, called it a "sustainable project that will benefit the whole community, especially the cricket and football club that are already using the facility extensively".

The council donated £200,000 to the project. Additional donors included the England and Wales Cricket Board, the South East England Development Agency, the Robin Greaves Sports Foundation and the Bernard Sunley Foundation.

Kidmore End cricket and football clubs also raised £58,000.

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