Pitch perfect plans for Efford and Central Park

Planning consent has been granted for improvements to playing pitches in Central Park and Higher Efford.

In Efford, two current junior surfaces will be fitted with better drainage, delivering the works identified in the Plymouth Plan for Playing Pitches.

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

The playing fields on the plateau of Central Park will also receive some attention.

The existing rugby pitch will be regraded and two junior pitches and an artificial cricket wicket are part of a city-wide sport facilities improvement.

Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport Housing and Planning said: “This is one of our most crucial improvements to public spaces in the city; we should all do more sport!”

“Being close to sport and play facilities is so important for physical and mental wellbeing and I’m so glad this is being delivered in our city.”

The improvement of the playing pitches in Central Park is part of the ongoing improvements programme, which sees a £9 million investment in one of Plymouth’s most popular green spaces.

The improved pitches are just part of the overall Central Park masterplans, which includes a new café, path upgrades, four new tennis courts, new cricket pitches, a new skatepark and improvement to drainage across the park.

The Plan for Playing Pitches, which is backed by the Devon Junior & Minor League, Sport England and the Football Association, is tackling an overall shortfall in playing pitch provision across the city and bringing the pitches up to relevant governing body guidelines.