In Bury Labour’s Manifesto we committed to bringing 3G pitches to Bury. At this year’s budget, we therefore announced funding for plans to progresses on delivering these.
The Council is at the final stage of drafting a new playing pitch strategy, in partnership with sports governing bodies and local outdoor sports organisations. This will include plans to develop full size all-weather 3G pitches in partnership with the Lancashire Football Association and Football Foundation. Bury has been identified by the Lancs FA as a priority for additional funding, subject to meeting the criteria for investment and sustainability.
Third Generation (3G) artificial football pitches are the latest development in synthetic grass surface. They are constructed on a firm base, with long pile artificial grass filled with sand and rubber crumb.
Following a feasibility study of locations, 2 sites will now be taken forward - Goshen Playing Fields, where a planning application has now been submitted, and at Elton High School.
Any more 3G football pitches after the two now brought forward will depend on securing external funding and developing a robust business case.
Cllr Alan Quinn, Cabinet Member for the Environment, welcomed the progress, saying: “I am really pleased to confirm that we are delivering on one of our key Manifesto pledges. This has been a difficult ones to get funding for, but we are pressing ahead and taking every opportunity we can get.”