Improvements to playing fields will boost community use
Plans to improve drainage on a Burnley playing field to help boost the local community are taking shape.
Burnley Council negotiated an £85,000 Section 106 contribution towards the improvement of the football pitches in Lockyer Avenue from developer McDermott Homes as part of the nearby Kiddrow Lane housing development.
The funds will be used to install new drainage for all the football pitches and other work to improve pitch quality.
The site suffers from poor drainage and matches have had to be postponed during the wet winter months due to waterlogging. The installation of new drainage will help to alleviate these problems and improve pitch quality and playing capacity for all the pitches on site, thus providing better football facilities for young people in the borough.
The council manages the playing fields on a long lease from Lancashire County Council and they are currently used by AFC Wolves Junior Football Club for training and matches throughout the year.
Burnley Council has commissioned the Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI) to prepare detailed drainage designs for the pitch improvement scheme which, it is hoped, will be carried out this summer. Survey work has been carried out on site as part of this scheme.
The pitches will be unavailable until the 2023/24 season to allow around nine months for the improvements to bed in and be ready for match play. The council is working with the club to find alternative sites they can use for the 2022/23 season.
Councillor Margaret Lishman, the council’s executive member for health and wellbeing, said: “This work will improve the quality of the playing fields so they can be enjoyed year-round and provide a much-needed community facility that will help improve the health and fitness of our borough’s youngsters.”