October opening for sports village?

Work on the highly-anticpated Prairie Sports Village will now not be completed until the end of October.

The new complex, based on the Prairie playing fields site, had been due for completion this summer.

The council say the reason for the hold up is a delay at the start of the pavilion construction work in order to make safe gas and electricity supplies.

“The council was keen to not jeopardise the final quality of the facility by shortening the construction period,” a spokesman said.

“We are confident customers will accept the short delay when they experience the new facilities.”

Once completed the £2.5m. facility will house a 16-bay golf range with the pavilion boasting a number of meeting and multi-purpose rooms along with a golf pro shop, full teaching facilities for the golf range and a welcoming reception area.

There will also be a bar and bistro with a cosy lounge and relaxation spot.

A programme of coaching and holiday club activity sessions are planned to be run by the Burnley Leisure’s Get in2 team during school holidays.

The ground floor football changing facility is also nearly finished and Burnley Leisure say the pitch is now almost fully booked for the winter.

Neil Hutchinson, head of operations at Burnley Leisure said: “The facility is looking fantastic and it will be a real asset to the town catering for people of all ages in a unique building of the highest quality.

“The Prairie will cater for recreational golfers through to an advanced standard with a full coaching experience. The multi-use aspect of the facility will mean it will also be a great meeting place for local people and businesses.

“We can’t wait for it to be open and I am expecting a very busy winter ahead.”