£500,000 Hulton Lane playing fields plans revealed
10:03am Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
THE detailed plans for the £474,000 scheme to transform Hulton Lane playing fields into four football pitches have been revealed.
Under the proposals, there will be two adult pitches, one youth pitch and one junior pitch to meet new FA guidelines.
The revamp will also include changing rooms for players, toilets for both users and spectators, and a car park.
There will also be a multi-use games area, a rounders field, a new children’s play area and footpaths.
Cllr John Byrne, Bolton Council’s cabinet member for neighbourhood and community services said: “Taking part in sports and recreational activities is really important as part of a healthy lifestyle.
“We have consulted closely with local residents and have taken on board their comments in our revised design for the site.
“These new playing fields will offer opportunities for adults and young people to take part in all different types of sport, from football to rounders or basketball.”
The development is part of a £2 million Bolton Council investment in sport in the borough. Hulton Lane playing fields haves been dogged by problems with drainage for several years and have fallen out of regular use, but the investment will resolve these issues and mean the facilities can be used all year round.
The scheme has been welcomed by ward councillors, who have been calling for the playing fields to be revamped.
The plans have already been shown to residents in Edge Hill Road, which would be the main road into the new playing fields.
They have made their comments and the council has already made some amendments, such as promising that the gates to the site will be locked all the time, except when the pitches are booked for use.
The council has also agreed to situate the multi- use games area away from houses and with good visibility to reduce any potential problems with anti-social behaviour.
The council will also invest more than £600,000 on other playing fields, including drainage of pitches at Green Lane, Horwich; Leverhulme Park; Vicarage Road, Blackrod; and West-houghton Central Park, as well as new changing rooms at Harper Green playing fields and Queens Park.
As part of the £2 million programme — which is money that can only be invested in council-owned land and buildings — the council will also be investing more than £300,000 in refurbishing tennis courts in the borough, spending more than £200,000 on new and refurbishing multi-use games areas, about £150,000 on cycle trails and £60,000 on Bolton’s first outdoor gym.
Residents will be able to comment on the Hulton Lane plans at a meeting to be held at the Salvation Army Hall in Aldred Street, off St Helens Road, next Tuesday, starting at 7pm.
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