New village sport pitches get go-ahead

PUBLISHED: 17:00 26 January 2013


A MAJOR expansion of a village’s sporting facilities has won planning permission from Sedgemoor District Council.

The management committee of Wedmore Playing Fields will create two junior football pitches, four mini football pitches, a three-bay all-weather cricket net and five all-weather floodlit tennis courts to the west of the facility in Blackford Road.

The committee also aims to build a children’s play area and expand the car park and footpath.

Pete Brown, project co-ordinator and a committee member of Wedmore girls’ football club, said: “Because of the size of the project it would have to be delivered in a number of different stages over four to five years.

“We have almost completely outgrown the space we use and it’s chaos out there on a Saturday morning. There is nowhere to play and we have had to devise time slots for different teams to come in and out.”

Now the committee has been granted permission, it hopes to start work on the pitches in the spring.

The initial proposal to the authority came after the committee was awarded £50,000 from National Lottery funding to support South West sport projects. The cash came from the Sport England’s Protecting Playing Fields fund.

The playing fields committee and six others in the region have shared £304,950 of lottery money to create high quality sports pitches which will be protected from developers for at least 25 years.

Mr Brown added: “There are children everywhere on the playing field, which is fantastic, and this is why we have built a great case for Sport England and we are pleased it has recognised us.”

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