Delays to 3G pitch at Weston-super-Mare Football Club

PUBLISHED: 09:00 07 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:12 07 July 2017

Captain Ashley Kington on the ball. Picture: Will T Photography.

Captain Ashley Kington on the ball. Picture: Will T Photography.

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Plans for a new 3G pitch at Weston Football Club have been delayed, with the club citing planning difficulties and legal issues for the setback.

Jason Pope. Picture by Will T Photography.Jason Pope. Picture by Will T Photography.

The Mercury reported back in January how the club, in Winterstoke Road, was given the go-ahead for the build, and it was hoped the work would be completed by the start of the 2017/18 season, which begins in August.

This signals another delay for the plans which have been in the pipeline for the past five years.

However, there looked to be a significant improvement in how quickly the project was progressing thanks to funding from the Football Association, the Football Foundation, as well as some private funding.

MORE: Football club announces exciting new academy structure.

Dayle Grubb. Picture by Will T Photography.Dayle Grubb. Picture by Will T Photography.

But Weston Football Club has confirmed the new target for work to begin is now the end of the month.

A spokesman for the club said: “The building of the 3G pitch at the Woodspring was scheduled to commence on June 30.

“Unfortunately due to a couple of legal processes and one minor planning issue we have been unavoidably delayed in our efforts to adhere to this timescale. The club is doing everything possible to overcome these delays and we are now targeting the end of July for the work to commence.

“The build process is approximately 13 weeks so this would mean the 3G should completed by the end of October. We know how important this deadline is for all of our teams and the community because this is the date the clocks change.

“We aim to keep everyone informed with any additional changes to the schedule, and if the hurdles can be overcome quicker than explained here then we will of course release further update.”

The pitch will be used by Weston’s youth team to train on and will be built on the training pitch next to the first team pitch.

The club has also announced it will be available for private bookings for community groups, with the booking procedures set to be announced in the future.

The first team will also benefit from the additional training facility, with the season fast approaching.

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