Since construction began, I have heard from residents in my time both as a local councillor and as your MP about the adverse effects of HS2. Indeed, many residents have written to me about the impact of increased congestion on local roads, as well as regular noise and light pollution around the HS2 sites.
It was therefore incredibly welcoming to hear that Harefield Cricket Club had secured tens of thousands of pounds from HS2’s Community Engagement Fund (CEF) to redevelop their facilities.
The initial application was valued at £57,541 and helped to upgrade the clubhouse pavilion and cricket ground. This included improving the pavilion by replacing the old cladding, replacing the external doors to improve access to the outside area, where an awning and patio heaters have been installed. The project also includes improvements to the cricket ground by repairing damaged border fencing and providing new boundary boards.
An additional £17,000 grant late last year allowed the club to install solar panels on the roof of the clubhouse.
This morning, I visited the club on Breakspear Road North to meet Sean and to see how the money had been spent. Despite the frosty weather, Sean gave myself, along with representatives from HS2, a warm welcome and reminded us how lucky we are to have such great community assets in our local area.