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Work to start on £2.7m sports hub after coronavirus delays

Written by on June 13, 2020

Work will start later this month on the construction of the £2.7 million Westway Sports Hub in Astley Village.

The project was due to start in April, however all Chorley Council site works were postponed temporarily in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The hub will include artificial grass pitches, a compact athletics track with sprint lanes and a long jump pit, a pavilion and changing rooms.

Supported by the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation, which has provided a grant of £647,595, the work will start on June 29 at the site located between Westway and Chancery Road in Astley Village.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, leader of Chorley Council, said: “We’re really looking forward to work starting on what will be a first-class sports facility for Chorley Borough.

“The addition of the athletics track, which was recently granted planning consent, will enhance this development even further. It’ll be a real asset to our town.”

Following the delays due to the Covid-19 lockdown, a revised programme to complete the construction works is now being developed.

The first elements expected to be completed are the artificial grass pitches along with a council funded compact athletics track which was recently granted planning consent by Chorley Council Planning Committee.

Both are intended to be complete and available for use in Autumn 2020.

Following this, the pavilion and changing rooms are expected to be completed early next year. 

The works will now progress under strict hygiene and social distancing protocol following government guidance to protect the workforce and members of the public. 

In a further boost, the Football Foundation has also just announced that it has awarded 188 grants worth a total of £451,500 to grassroots football clubs in Lancashire to help get pitches across the county match-fit for when the Government advises that it is safe for people to start playing football again.

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