Public football pitches receive major upgrade

29 July 2019

Work is to begin on improving the quality of the football pitches at Seacombe Drive Park in Ellesmere Port.

A month long period of rebuilding work will begin on the pitches on 5 August. It will involve improvements to drainage and the playing surface.

The project is part of the Council’s Sports Pitch Investment Programme, which is a multi-million upgrade of key sports pitch sites across the borough.

A new piped drainage system will be installed and the grass will be completely resurfaced. Once work is complete at the end of summer, the pitches will be fenced off for 12 months to allow the new playing surface to establish and will be ready for residents to use for matches or training in August 2020.

Cllr Louise Gittins, Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing, said: “We are focused on the health and wellbeing of our residents and want to make sport accessible for all.

“We want to increase the number of people who are able to access grassroots football. This work will be one of a number of projects across the borough.

“It will result in an improvement to the quality and playability of the pitches at Seacombe Drive Park. The Council is in discussion with a local team who are interested in relocating to the site once work is completed, and the pitches will be available for all to use and enjoy. 

“This park has not seen formal match play since the folding of the Ellesmere Port Football League so it’s an exciting opportunity to potentially welcome back a team and improve the quality of our pitches which would be available for public use. We apologise if the work causes some minor disruption for residents adjoining the park.”

The Council has worked closely with Cheshire FA, the Football Foundation, partners and stakeholders to identify 24 priority projects within the borough. These projects range from informal sites and grass pitches through to changing rooms and third generation (3G) artificial pitches.

The first year of the programme will also look to assist Frodsham Junior Football Club who are based at Helsby High School, to improve facilities for clubs at King George V playing fields in Blacon and Knights Grange in Winsford.

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