Our long-standing ambition to renew and upgrade the football pitch is about to become a reality. It has taken a full year’s work, to secure external funds and obtain planning permission, to make this project viable. Planning permission is now granted, and part of the funds (£75 000,00) have been awarded by the Veolia Trust. A decision on the balance of funding is now with the Football Foundation. We are awaiting their final approval, which should be any time now. Pending a positive outcome from the Football Foundation, the works are planned to commence in July 2021. The dilapidated football pitch will be transformed into a modern multi-sports facility which, in addition to football, will enable basketball and netball sessions to take place.
The works will last for up to 8 weeks and, during that time, residents who live around the football pitch area will inevitably suffer some inconvenience and disturbance from noise and dust, increased traffic (trucks delivering materials), and the temporary suspension of some parking bays. However, the outcome of all this should prove a worthwhile benefit to the local community, as the site will be transformed by this new amenity. After we have obtained the funds, we will be able to confirm the start date for the works. Then we will consult fully with the residents from the surrounding blocks about the detail of what’s involved.