The granting of planning permission for development work at the 3AAA County Ground is welcome and further proof of the increased professionalism at the club.
The current Gateway Centre is set to be renovated into a
state-of-the-art cricket centre of excellence and pavilion, while the Lund
Pavilion will be developed to provide better facilities for members
and corporate customers.
It is part of a bigger plan to transform the ground over the next few years as funding becomes available and will help the club immensely as they strive for facilities that will enable them to attract the best players to join.
As Simon Storey said in his presentation at the ground during the last home match, the current facilities are fairly modest and even the most ardent supporter would struggle to generate a 'Wow' as they enter the Gateway Centre. It is functional, for sure, but hardly a true reflection of twenty-first century architecture at its finest, or most innovative.
Most supporters will reserve excitement for the signing of new players, but this, in its own way, is a reflection of the club's continued improvement. On and off the pitch we are moving in the right direction and it is good to see.
Can't wait for the Leicestershire game!