Contractor appointed for playing pitch plans

Councillor Patrick Nicholson joins boys from Efford Community FC at their home ground in Higher Efford.

Councillor Patrick Nicholson joins boys from Efford Community FC at their home ground in Higher Efford.

Work on improving Plymouth’s playing pitches will begin next month.

Facilities at Higher Efford, Bond Street and Central Park will all get a makeover as part of the ongoing Plymouth Plan for Playing Pitches.

Following a competitive procurement process, the council have appointed contractor Agripower to undertake the works.

Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet member for Strategic Transport, Housing and Planning, joined players from Efford Community FC at the pitches that act as home to sides from under 11, all the way to under 18.

Patrick said: “It’s great that we’re in a position to begin making a difference with this project.

“These works will benefit three different areas of the city and will help to ensure that more people, both young and old, have access to first class sporting facilities on their doorstep.”

Jerry Anderson, Director of Agripower, added: “Agripower are delighted to be chosen again as the preferred contractor for the sports pitch regeneration project at Central Park, Higher Efford and Southway. This brings us back to Devon after a successful project to improve Staddiscombe Playing Fields in 2016.”

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.

At Higher Efford, the two current junior surfaces will be fitted with better drainage and the disused field at the former Plym Valley View Primary School will be transformed into two mini soccer pitches.

Meanwhile in Central Park, the existing rugby pitch will be regraded and two junior pitches and an artificial cricket wicket.

Finally, Bond Street will benefit from four brand new surfaces, replacing two existing poor quality pitches that have been out of action for some time due to water-logging.

The Plan for Playing Pitches 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.