Draining two playing fields in Fulwood to allow more space for a football club’s expansion is to be funded by Preston City Council.Advertisement
South Drive Park and Sherwood Park are regularly seeing flooding to their sports pitches.
The city council is funding £170,756 worth of work on both parks to allow Cadley Football Club to expand its provision.
A report by city council officers outlines the plans.
They write: “The current drainage system on South Drive and Sherwood Park is not suitable for playing pitches and cannot cope with the changeable wet weather conditions in Preston.
“It is in need of enhancement to ensure that a safe and high valued facility remains in the area.”
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Cadley FC is expected to see growth over the next five years with more seven to 10-year-olds playing football so the need for seven-a-side junior pitches are needed.
South Drive Park’s pitches are unavailable for 80 per cent of the year due to flooding.
Both South Drive Park and Sherwood Park are to be taken on by Cadley FC for maintenance once the work is complete, following the successful model used for the club’s home pitch at Conway Drive Park.
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Duncan Ross Limited are due to carry out the work although no timescale has been given for when this can take place.
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