Efford Playing Pitches to profit

HIGHER Efford Playing Pitches is set for a £500,000 makeover as part a city-wide scheme aimed at improving playing pitch facilities in Plymouth.

The project will deliver the action identified in the Plymouth Plan for Playing Pitches for the two current junior surfaces to be fitted with better drainage and the current pre-fabricated changing block replaced with a brand new, two-team changing facility.

In addition, the disused field at the former Plym Valley View Primary School will be transformed into two mini soccer pitches.

Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport Housing and Planning said: “Improving the playing pitches and providing new changing facilities will enable this asset to be used to its full potential. This will enable greater participation in sport in Efford and the city as a whole.

“We are confident that these improvements will ensure that we see more young people using and enjoying one the city’s many wonderful green spaces.

The Plan for Playing Pitches, which is backed by the Devon Junior & Minor League, Sport England and the Football Association, will tackle an overall shortfall in playing pitch provision across the city as well as a shortfall in the quality of many of the existing pitches.

This is particularly relevant for Higher Efford where drainage and pitch surface issues prevent the facilities being used to their full potential. The lack of suitable changing rooms also contributes to the under use of the facility.

The scheme compliments a key objective of the Plymouth Plan, which identifies the need to deliver a healthy city by promoting the use of community facilities and public spaces as well as Public Health Plymouth’s aim to get more people of all ages involved in sports.

Officers are currently working on the project with a planning application set to be submitted in the summer.