Bollington Cross Youth Project Phase 2 to start on Monday 18th June
The long awaited Bollington Cross Youth Project Phase 2 - three junior grass football pitches built and maintained to Football Association standard is to start. Armed with a £97,800 grant from the Premier League and Football Association Facilities Fund and £55,000 of Section 106 funding from a local housing development, the Town Council and its partners Bollington Health and Leisure and Bollington United Junior Football Club contract have awarded the contract to Cleveland Land Services (Guisborough) and they will start the work on Monday 18th June.
The location is on the Atax Field at the end of Ovenhouse Lane behind the Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) which was completed last year.
The first stage of the process will be fencing the field to prevent conflict between the heavy ground moving and drainage machinery and the public. The MUGA will remain open as will about 60% of the car park but a very large proportion of the field will not be accessible to the public for at least 8 weeks.
Following the construction phase there will also be a cultivation/maintenance phase lasting for 12 months to allow the pitches to be seeded and prepared for use. During this period there will be a little more room on the field for the public but we will be erecting low fencing around the permitter of the pitches to discourage dogs from entering and fouling the pitch surfaces. It is very disappointing that the existing pitch had to be cleaned of dog mess every time the junior players start their games.
As Town Clerk, preparing for Monday 18th , I visited the site this week and found several areas of fouling in front of the MUGA within only 10 yards of the litter bin in which bagged dog mess can be disposed of. Initially I was against fencing the new pitches but there appears to be no other way of preventing the fouling of these high quality expensive pitches . Maintaining them to FA standard could not be achieved otherwise and we should not forget the risk to health from young people falling into such dog mess.
Anyway that is where we are - sorry about the inconvenience during the build period, and can I call on those people who let their dog roam out of their sight on this field to be watchful of what they do, come prepared to clean up after them and to stop giving all dog owners an undeserved bad name.