Work underway at £2.5m Burnley sport village

This Is Lancashire: The construction site for the new sports village The construction site for the new sports village

WORK has started on the first phase of a new £2.5million sports village in Burnley.

Diggers have arrived on the site of the Prairie playing fields to start work on the new scheme.

The initiative has already been given £350,000 by Sport England and the authority will borrow £1.5million to make their proposals for a new ‘3G’ sports pitch, gym and driving range a reality.

The council has also received £350,000 from the Football Foundation for the ambitious sports village project, In a report to councillors earlier this year, Mick Cartledge, community services director, said: “This ambitious scheme will see the regeneration of the Prairie site, with the development of new changing facilities, a gym and driving range.

“The business plan demonstrates prudential borrowing of £1.5million would be appropriate for funding the development.”

Council bosses will now seek a development partner for the pavilion and golf driving range elements of the scheme, which will follow later. Plans are in place for a ‘grassroots’ academy there.

Management of the centre, which has been backed by the Lancashire FA, English Golf Union and Rugby Football League, is expected to be overseen by the borough’s new leisure trust, which officially took over facilities on April 1.

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8:38pm Wed 16 Apr 14

zabby says...

Wonder wether this facility will just be for the wealthy ,just like crow wood leisure centre
Wonder wether this facility will just be for the wealthy ,just like crow wood leisure centre zabby
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10:18pm Wed 16 Apr 14

RobH2O says...

zabby wrote:
Wonder wether this facility will just be for the wealthy ,just like crow wood leisure centre
Crow Wood is a private enterprise so they do what they like and charge what they like. They took the risk with their own money and assets. If it had gone wrong then they would have paid the price. if it goes right, you reap the reward.

This new venture is council backed and will be cheaper to use.
[quote][p][bold]zabby[/bold] wrote: Wonder wether this facility will just be for the wealthy ,just like crow wood leisure centre[/p][/quote]Crow Wood is a private enterprise so they do what they like and charge what they like. They took the risk with their own money and assets. If it had gone wrong then they would have paid the price. if it goes right, you reap the reward. This new venture is council backed and will be cheaper to use. RobH2O
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11:18pm Wed 16 Apr 14

turbo5 says...

Wrong end of town. how about spending some money on the other side of the M65, Ightenhill, Gannow, Accy road. Clifton Farm ?
Wrong end of town. how about spending some money on the other side of the M65, Ightenhill, Gannow, Accy road. Clifton Farm ? turbo5
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11:24pm Wed 16 Apr 14

zabby says...

Robh20 if that's fact fair play
Robh20 if that's fact fair play zabby
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11:48am Thu 17 Apr 14

DaveBurnley says...

"Management of the centre, which has been backed by the Lancashire FA, English Golf Union and Rugby Football League, is expected to be overseen by the borough’s new leisure trust"


I always get a cold feeling when I see that word 'trust' appear.


I presume that this new facility will not be under the direct control of the council, and will be able to set it's own pay scales and staffing levels. I sincerely hope that it won't end up with a highly paid management who are subsidised by the ratepayers of the area.
"Management of the centre, which has been backed by the Lancashire FA, English Golf Union and Rugby Football League, is expected to be overseen by the borough’s new leisure trust" I always get a cold feeling when I see that word 'trust' appear. I presume that this new facility will not be under the direct control of the council, and will be able to set it's own pay scales and staffing levels. I sincerely hope that it won't end up with a highly paid management who are subsidised by the ratepayers of the area. DaveBurnley
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