Accrington Stanley Community Trust have been working on a proposal for a new multi million pound community sports hub in Hyndburn since October 2015.
A number of different sites in the borough were identified as possible locations, and in January 2017, it was agreed that there were 2 feasible sites to be pursued. Following on from this, a cabinet meeting was held by Hyndburn Borough Council in which the proposals for ASCT to conduct a feasibility study were voted in favour.
Between March and July 2017, ASCT conducted a feasibility study which was led by a team of external consultants who produced an in depth 100 page document. The findings were very positive, and the Higham’s Playing Field site was selected as the best location for the sports hub. Detailed plans are currently being drawn up before submitting a full planning application to Hyndburn Borough Council in September 2017.
What facilities will the Sports Hub include?
Plans are currently being drawn up by the architects and the proposed facility is due to include a full size floodlit 4G football pitch, multiple grass pitches for football, an artificial cricket wicket, a rugby pitch and a community building which includes changing rooms, class rooms and offices for Accrington Stanley Community Trust. There will be a car park built on site which will ease traffic congestion on Thorneyholme road.
What are the aims of the Sports Hub?
The aims of the sports hub are to increase participation in sport, improve health and exercise levels and provide more opportunities for disabled people to access vital sport and education activities. The sports hub will also host many projects that develop employability skills for people out of work, create new job opportunities, inspire people to become volunteers for local sports organisations, sports clubs and charities, and provide a pathway for gifted and talented young people into elite sport.
Higham’s Playing Fields is currently underused and our proposals will see the site enjoyed by thousands of people every single week. The proposals will see the Higham’s Playing Field site safeguarded for sports for many years to come. This will become a facility for our community to be proud of.
If you would like to know more about the proposed development, you have any questions or you would like to work with us in some way on this very exciting project, then please contact Accrington Stanley Community Trust Manager, Martin Fearon, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or ringing 01254 304071.
We value the opinion of the local community and we are gathering all feedback for evaluation.
Further updates will be posted over the coming weeks and months.