New facilities for clubs at Ransomes sports ground are on their way, Ipswich Borough Council pledged today (Thursday).
The announcement came as safety experts discovered that the electrics in the old club house were unsafe.
The discovery means that temporary changing rooms will be put in place before Christmas and alternative changing facilities found before then. The site will remain available for matches throughout the period of changes to the changing facilities and other repair work.
The Council remains committed to improving Ransomes for a variety of sports and stressed that since it had taken over the running of the facility on 1st November improvements to the site can start. The Council has now completed safety and structural surveys which showed the dangerous state of the electrics.
Councillor Bryony Rudkin, portfolio-holder, said: “We now know the extent of the problems with the building and can take immediate action. Safety remains our top priority but I want to repeat our determination to improve the site and widen its attraction for a number of sports ”
Ransomes Sports Football Club Chairman Alan McDougall agreed. He said: “This is disappointing news but the issues with the building have to be addressed and the safety of the club’s users has to be paramount. We are committed to working with the Council to secure the future of the Sports & Social Club and its facilities as the home of the Football Club. It is a challenging time but I am confident we can come out the other side in good shape and with improved and sustainable facilities.”