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Vision for £2.5m sports village in Burnley
THIS is what Burnley’s Prairie Sports Village could look like after a £2.5million revamp.
An application outlining plans for a floodlit 3G football pitch, and a 24-bay golf practice range, at the council-owned site has been submitted to Burnley Council.
In April this year, the playing fields, on the corner of Colne Road and Windermere Avenue, were awarded £350,000 of lottery cash by Sport England towards the improvement of pitches.
The proposals would see the current male-only changing pavilion demolished and replaced with a modern 12-room complex, with disabled access.
It will also include a gym, a multi-use studio, a reception, a small retail area incorporating club fitting and testing, and a lounge with vending machines and toilets.
Burnley Football Club, the Lancashire Football Association, the Rugby Football League, and the English Golf Union are all supporting the bid.
A design and access statement submitted by the council said: “The renewed 3G pitch will rejuvenate the complex and put it back into the centre of local amateur football, creating a valuable resource, not just for training purposes, but also as a four-season playing surface.
“In terms of growth and retention, the facility will serve Burnley Football Club’s Community Section, which will target three key areas of growth: disability; women and girls; and an advanced coaching centre for juniors.
“By the creation of a golf practice and training facility, Prairie Sports Village will assist English Golf Union in achieving its community objectives by providing excellent affordable facilities that are easily accessible for golfers, and those new to the sport, without the perceived barriers sometimes attributed to the traditional game: cost, time, equipment.”
Current users of the pitches include Burnley and Pendle Rugby League Football Club, and Burnley Tornados Americal Football Club.
The Prairie pitches have been a frequent target for travellers setting up camp on the car park in the past.
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