Thursday 29 May 2014 

Floodlight Boost For Headingley

Headingley
New floodlights for Headingley could be on the way after planning permission was granted
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Leeds City Council have given planning permission for permanent floodlights to be installed at Headingley, home of Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

The venue, which is one of an increasing number of grounds used for international cricket in England and Wales, plans to use the lights for up to 20 matches per season.

Four permanent pylons are due to be erected with work starting in 2015 if funding is secured.

"We want to create a stadium that is amongst finest in the world and enable Yorkshire to continue to stage major international fixtures over the long term," Yorkshire CCC chief executive Mark Arthur said.

"To be granted planning permission for the installation of permanent floodlights is a major step forward for the Club.
 
"It will also enable us to promote Day/Night fixtures, which will become an integral part of of our limited overs schedule in the various domestic competitions.
 
"The cost of installation will be £1.8 million. We have received a grant from the England and Wales Cricket Board for £700,000 and work will continue to secure the additional funding of £1.1 million."

“I would like to thank Leeds City Council for their support and granting the Club permission to install floodlights," Arthur added.

Headingley will host England's second Test against Sri Lanka next month and the fifth One-Day International between England and India in September.

And although the ground missed out for the second time since 2009 on an Ashes Test for 2015, it will host the Australians for an ODI as well as a Test against New Zealand next year.
 
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