Bolton Council has completed work on the first phase of a £820,000 development including new pitches, changing rooms, play area and multi-use games area at Hulton Lane Playing Fields.
Work has completed on 2 adult pitches, one youth pitch and one junior pitch to meet new FA guidelines, including drainage of the pitches to make them suitable for use throughout the season. These will be available for use from the next football season and will be used for rounders during the summer.
The council has also installed a new junior multi-use games area for younger children, suitable for football or basketball.
A new toddler and junior children’s play area has also been installed, as well as new tarmac footpaths across the site, with funding coming from previous housing developments within the Hulton area.
Phase two of the development will include the installation of new changing rooms and toilets for pitch users and spectators, as well as improvements to the car park, including a height restriction barrier, which will encourage responsible parking and deter use of the car park by larger vehicles.
The scheme is part of a £2m investment programme, in which the council is investing in local sports and recreational facilities across the borough. This is money which can only be invested into council-owned land and buildings and cannot be used on the day to day running of the council.
Hulton Lane has historically been home to several football pitches in the past, but these pitches had been out of regular use for some time, due to problems with drainage in the winter. As part of the investment, the council has drained the site, meaning that the pitches should be suitable for regular use for football, with rounders in the summer.
The Council will also be investing over £600,000 across other playing fields. Projects already completed include the drainage of pitches at Vicarage Road, Blackrod and Westhoughton Central Park with new changing rooms at Queens Park. Further projects to be implemented include drainage at Green Lane, Horwich
As part of the £2m investment programme, the council has invested over £200,000 in refurbishing tennis courts at Bradford Street, Kearsley, Westhoughton Central Park, Harper Green Playing Field and Moss Bank Park. With help from the Tennis Foundation floodlights have been installed at Moss Bank Park where regular coaching and development programmes are being delivered by the Tennis Development Team based at Bolton Arena. Across the borough, over £200,000 is being spent on new and refurbished multi-use games areas and almost £100,000 on Bolton’s first outdoor gyms.
Councillor Nick Peel, Executive Cabinet Member for Environmental Services said: “We’re really excited to finish work on the first phase of Hulton Lane.
The sports pitches, multi-use games area and play area mean it will offer year-round opportunities for both adults and young people to take part in sport. The further investment we will be making in draining other pitches, refurbishing tennis courts and creating cycle trails should mean that there is different kinds of sport for everyone across the borough.”