Laneside Residents Association Support Higham’s Sports Hub Plans

Laneside Residents Association are supporting the new and exciting plans to develop a sports hub at Higham’s Playing Fields in Accrington.

Following on from a number of discussions with Accrington Stanley Community Trust they have become a key partner in helping develop the site over the next 12 months.

Malcolm Sommerville, Chairperson of Laneside Residents Association said ‘’we as a residents association have been in existence since 1988 and have done a lot of projects in this area. As time has gone on we have found it very hard to gain any more funding. Our biggest achievement was the lottery funding we secured to build a children’s play area on the site as well as gaining the QE 2 Award.

This field is very popular with the area and with Accrington Stanley Community Trust on board we can accomplish and finish what we started years ago. We are in full agreement for this project and are certain it will be a success with Accrington Stanley Community Trust at the helm. ‘’

Martin Fearon, Community Trust Manager said ‘’It was a key priority of ours to meet with the Laneside Residents Association at the beginning of this project to discuss the plans we had for Higham’s. We are working closely on certain aspects of the designs which will ensure the Children’s Play Area remains and is used to its full potential with the extra footfall that the sports hub will create. The play area will be a key part of the sports hub as we encourage more families and children to use it. We are delighted to have the full support of the Laneside Residents Association and we are both looking forward to increasing participation on the site. ‘’

Accrington Stanley Community Trust are currently working with an architect to design the Sports Hub and will shortly submit a planning application to Hyndburn Borough Council. Once the designs have been confirmed they will be made available for the public to see via our website www.stanleytrust.co.uk