Burnley sports complex set for green light

Prairie playing fields
Prairie playing fields

PLANS to build an exciting new sports complex on Prairie playing fields are set to move a step closer.

Burnley Borough Council’s Executive is expected to approve applications to the Sport England and Premiership Facilities funds to cover the cost of the scheme at a meeting tonight.

If the applications are successful a more detailed business plan and project plan would be drawn up.

The proposed centre would include a full-sized 3G artificial grass pitch to be used by Burnley FC community programme, facilities for American football and rugby league and a new changing pavilion which could incorporate a gym, multi-use studio and a golf shop.

The development could also include a golf practice range and Golf Roots coaching academy with chipping and putting area.

Coun. John Harbour, the council’s Executive member for leisure and culture, said: “This is at a very early stage and much depends on successfully applying for funding. However, it’s the right time to lay the foundations for this exciting project and to press ahead.

“This complex would add to Burnley’s sporting facilities and, in particular, would help to encourage young people to take up sport.

“The centre would be a major boost for the borough and an important investment in the area’s sporting future.”