Residents’ views noted on £500,000 Hulton Lane playing fields
NEIGHBOURS had their chance to have a say on a £500,000 revamp of playing fields in Hulton Lane.
The plans, if accepted by Bolton Council, will see the development of four state-of-the-art pitches along with changing rooms, toilets and a new car park at the run-down Hulton Lane playing fields.
There will also be a rounders field, a children’s play area and a multi-use games area.
The development is part of a £2 million investment by Bolton Council in sport.
A meeting was held at the Salvation Army building in Aldred Street to allow residents to share concerns with counc-illors including Cllr Andy Morgan, who has been leading the re-generation campaign and Cllr John Byrne, cabinet member for neighbourhood and community services.
Some of the issues raised included fears over parking and the potential for anti-social behaviour in the area.
Cllr Morgan said: “I think 90 per cent of the people at the meeting were happy with the project but unders-tandably residents had concerns and myself, Cllr Byrne and the officers present sought to address them as quickly as possible.
“We have agreed to move the children’s play area closer to the middle of the site and further away from Edge Hill Road as this was something that people were worried about.”
Assurances were also made that sports teams would only use car parks provided and not park in nearby resid-ential streets.
Cllr Morgan added: “The positives of these plans far outweigh any negatives.”
The plans will go before Bolton Council’s planning committee and work could begin next spring. Funding for the project has come from housing developments in the Hulton area.
Bolton Council will also invest more than £600,000 across other playing fields, including drainage of pitches at Green Lane, Horwich; Leverhulme Park; Vicarage Road, Black-rod and Westhoughton Central Park, as well as new changing rooms at Harper Green Playing Fields and Queens Park.
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