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Consultation on Manor Park playing pitch proposal goes live

A proposal to develop a new grass playing pitch at Manor Park Recreation Ground, Stoney Lane, Newbury will be out for public consultation from 27 April 2022.

Posted by: Communications team on 26 April 2022 09:22
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A proposal to develop a new grass playing pitch at Manor Park Recreation Ground, Stoney Lane, Newbury will be out for public consultation from 27 April 2022.

This follows a need identified in our Playing Pitch Strategy (PPS) for more pitches in Newbury and Thatcham. The PPS was produced in partnership with Sport England and the four national governing bodies for football, rugby, cricket and hockey. As part of creating it, we worked with local sports clubs to ensure that both current and potential future demand for artificial and grass pitches are met, while assessing the quality and quantity of existing sites in the district.

Howard Woollaston, West Berkshire's Executive Member for Internal Governance, Leisure and Culture says,

"We want to support everyone to enjoy the benefits of active leisure by making sure we have enough facilities and that they're accessible to all.

"We've made a detailed analysis across the district and it is clear that there's a high level of demand for football and rugby in Newbury and Thatcham and that more grass pitches are needed. We're proposing that one be created at Manor Park and want to find out what level of support there would be for this."

The proposal for Manor Park is as follows:

  • A level pitch that would be suitable for local league competition
  • Drainage to minimise disruption in usage
  • Toilet facilities (open during bookings)
  • Up to 30 additional parking spaces made using cellular concrete blocks which allow grass to grow through them

To minimise the impact on local residents, there would be no floodlighting, and it is anticipated that it would be used for sport mostly at weekends, unless there is high demand for weekday use, and for a maximum of 6 hours per week during the football season (September to May). The site would still be accessible for informal recreational pursuits and dog walking at all times.

If you're not able to view the consultation online, please call Jim Sweeting, Sports & Leisure manager (01635) 519251 to request a hard copy version.

The consultation will be live from Wednesday 27 April to Sunday 12 June. The results will be published in September 2022.

Have your say on the Manor Park proposal at www.westberks.gov.uk/manorparkpitch


We've already started receiving feedback on our proposal. Our Countryside Manager, Paul Hendry, has been responding to some of the issues raised so far.

Last modified: 30 May 2022 16:50

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