£1.4million sports scheme for Clitheroe

Example of the sports pitch
Example of the sports pitch

A £1.4million top-of-the-league sports pitch and community room at the Edisford Sports Complex, Clitheroe, is out of the blocks.

Ribble Valley Borough Council’s community services committee has given the scheme, which features a full-size artificial grass pitch, toilet block, community room, the resurfacing of two existing artificial five-a-side pitches and a new multi-sports area, the go-ahead.

The scheme represents a significant investment by Ribble Valley Borough Council, which owns the Edisford Road site, home to Ribblesdale Pool, Roefield Leisure Centre and the Ribble Valley Tennis Centre.

Simon Hore, chairman of the council’s community services committee, said: “This exciting scheme will meet the demand for more and better artificial pitches and contribute significantly to the development of sport and community activity in the borough, by facilitating a range of year-round activities unaffected by the weather.

“The new full-size artificial pitch will be FIFA and World Rugby-accredited and the refurbished area will include two five-a-side pitches, plus a multi-surface area suitable for tennis, netball, cricket, football and hockey.

“We also plan to work with the youth service and police to provide diversionary activities for local young people that will extend beyond football.”

The scheme, which will see £1,150,440 spent on the pitches and £280,000 on the community room, now goes to the council’s policy and finance committee for approval. If successful, construction is scheduled to start in May and be completed in time for the start of the new season in September.