£366,000 Palmer Sports Stadium improvements complete

9 March 2017

Palmer Park Stadium

Work on Palmer Park Sports Stadium is now complete, including new track fencing, lighting and improvements to the cycle track.

There will be a launch ceremony on Saturday 11th March at 10am at the stadium to mark the completion of a number of improvements at Palmer Park Stadium. Representatives from British Cycling, who have supported the Council by contributing £121,000 to the cost of the project, will be attending the ceremony, alongside the Mayor of Reading and Reading’s Lead Councillor for Sport, Paul Gittings.

When the old cycle track fencing at the stadium’s velodrome needed to be renewed, British Cycling were able to both help specify and fund the replacement cost of the fencing. The work was completed by contractors, Arbus Ltd. As part of the funding agreement, the Council set aside £245,000 in match funding for improvements to the stadium lighting, making a total investment of £366,000. As well as match funding, the Council will also enter into a 10 year agreement to ensure track cycling continues at Palmer Park velodrome.

In addition to improving the environment for cycling, the stadium now offers a better quality facility for all users. The new fence is part of a wider series of improvements recently made, including new energy-saving stadium floodlights which provide far better lighting with bespoke levels of light for different sports and activities.

Elsewhere in Palmer Park, the electrical power supply around the astro-turf courts has been replaced, along with improved lighting using more energy efficient LED lamp fittings. All three of the football courts have undergone service and repair work.

John Mills, director of coaching, education and development at British Cycling, said: “It’s fantastic to see these works complete and for Palmer Park to be up and running as a cycling facility again. Traffic-free facilities such as this one are integral to our aim to ensure that everyone in the country has a safe, accessible place at which to develop their skills and confidence on a bike.

“We know how vital Palmer Park is to the local community, and we’d like to thank Reading Borough Council for their work to safeguard the future of the circuit. We, like them, look forward to seeing it used by thousands of local cyclists over the coming years.”

Green Party councillor, Brenda McGonigle said: “The local Green party, myself included, welcome these improvements and are overjoyed that work is finally complete. With the renewed focus on the velodrome, these changes should have a positive impact on local health, both for athletes and amateurs; not to mention helping the environment.

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