New £200,000 sports facility to be built in Hacken Lane

This Is Lancashire: The Hacken Lane site, which will be developed thanks to a £200,000 grant The Hacken Lane site, which will be developed thanks to a £200,000 grant

PLANS for a new sports facility at Bolton Lads and Girls Club’s Hacken Lane site have been given a welcome boost thanks to a £200,000 grant from the council.

Town hall bosses agreed to provide the money for the charity to develop the site in Darcy Lever as a multi-sports facility with a full size sports pitch, training room and new kitchen.

The grant follows a pledge at this year’s budget meeting to spend £1 million on developing facilities for young people in Bolton.

Karen Edwards, chief executive of the charity, said it would cost the organisation £1.7 million to transform the current grounds into a multi-sports facility to be enjoyed by schoolchildren across the borough.

She added: “We are very grateful to the council for its generous contribution to our Hacken Lane appeal, which will help the club and the town to continue to build on the legacy of the successful Bolton 2012 Year of Sport.”

A council spokesman added: “The club is looking to provide a wide range of community facilities which will include sports such as football, cricket, hockey and rounders.

“Users will include the Sixth Form College, Bolton College, the University and Bolton School, all of whom will make a contri-bution for the use of the facilities.”

Bolton’s first outdoor gym opened in Queens Park earlier this month. The council has spent £12,000 installing new equipment at the park off Chorley New Road, including two slaloms, a fitness walker and a leg push for people to get fit in time for summer.

The outdoor gym was paid for out of a £2 million investment pot into sports and recreational facilities across Bolton.

The council is also spending £474,000 improving Hulton Lane Playing Fields with four new football pitches, changing rooms and toilets.

More than £600,000 will be spent draining other playing fields, as well as £300,000 refurbishing tennis courts including the set at Moss Bank Park.

Another £200,000 has been earmarked for new and refurbishing multi-use games areas, and around £150,000 is set to be spent improving cycle trails.

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12:01pm Wed 28 May 14

BlueRay79 says...

I hope this means they will finally build a car park for all the visitors? It's a nightmare round there with cars when they are playing football. Everyone just dumping cars at the side of the road.
I hope this means they will finally build a car park for all the visitors? It's a nightmare round there with cars when they are playing football. Everyone just dumping cars at the side of the road. BlueRay79
  • Score: 9

1:33pm Wed 28 May 14

BoltonDJ says...

This is a great project for a fantastic charity!

You will be pleased to hear there is car parking as part of the proposals. It's not huge but it hopefully relieve some of the parking issues.

I know for a fact a number of local businesses (architects / designers etc) have been involved in getting the project to this stage so in my opinion is money well spent.
This is a great project for a fantastic charity! You will be pleased to hear there is car parking as part of the proposals. It's not huge but it hopefully relieve some of the parking issues. I know for a fact a number of local businesses (architects / designers etc) have been involved in getting the project to this stage so in my opinion is money well spent. BoltonDJ
  • Score: 9

2:39pm Wed 28 May 14

Phil from Smithills says...

Great news for the youngsters of Bolton and well done to all those who helped to bring the idea to fruition.
Great news for the youngsters of Bolton and well done to all those who helped to bring the idea to fruition. Phil from Smithills
  • Score: 6

2:41pm Wed 28 May 14

BlueRay79 says...

BoltonDJ wrote:
This is a great project for a fantastic charity!

You will be pleased to hear there is car parking as part of the proposals. It's not huge but it hopefully relieve some of the parking issues.

I know for a fact a number of local businesses (architects / designers etc) have been involved in getting the project to this stage so in my opinion is money well spent.
That's good to hear. I don't know why the council don't use the strip of land next to the cricket club for car parking. It has to be mowed and maintained so why not just tarmac it and let visitors use it.
[quote][p][bold]BoltonDJ[/bold] wrote: This is a great project for a fantastic charity! You will be pleased to hear there is car parking as part of the proposals. It's not huge but it hopefully relieve some of the parking issues. I know for a fact a number of local businesses (architects / designers etc) have been involved in getting the project to this stage so in my opinion is money well spent.[/p][/quote]That's good to hear. I don't know why the council don't use the strip of land next to the cricket club for car parking. It has to be mowed and maintained so why not just tarmac it and let visitors use it. BlueRay79
  • Score: -1

4:33pm Wed 28 May 14

nigella farrage says...

Fantastic news and hopefully it will solve a bit of the parking as it can be a nightmare.

This town has a rich heritage of helping our children - especially the Bolton Lads and Girls Club - it seems to be going from strength to strength.

But it needs to continue and improve and we cannot just rely on the BL&GC nor the youth themselves with the skate park.
Fantastic news and hopefully it will solve a bit of the parking as it can be a nightmare. This town has a rich heritage of helping our children - especially the Bolton Lads and Girls Club - it seems to be going from strength to strength. But it needs to continue and improve and we cannot just rely on the BL&GC nor the youth themselves with the skate park. nigella farrage
  • Score: 2

9:14pm Wed 28 May 14

soup153 says...

The money is for the kids want a car park pay for it.
The money is for the kids want a car park pay for it. soup153
  • Score: 1

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