A Cheshire football club has unveiled plans for a new ground as its search for a new home continues. Crewe FC offered to create a ‘lit turf football pitch’ at King George V Playing Fields on Coppenhall Lane and launched a survey to gauge local opinion.
The proposal has long been in the works and comes after permission was given to build a housing estate on the site of the former LMR club on Goddard Street. Plans for King George V Playing Fields would replace the football ground lost by the now abandoned club development.
In a statement, Crewe FC, which provides opportunities for more than 450 players, said the new ground would help meet demand for “access to high quality training facilities and match pitches”. .
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They said: “Crewe FC, in conjunction with Cheshire East Council, is seeking your views on the partial redevelopment of King George V Playing Grounds (KGVPF). As an FA accredited community club, Crewe FC offers to more than 450 players the opportunity to participate in training sessions, fun sessions and competitive football matches.
“The club is looking to find a new home so it can continue to grow and meet an ever-increasing demand for access to high quality training facilities and match pitches. The development of a new lighted turf football (FTP) at KGVPF would not only provide a new home for Crewe FC, but would increase the opportunity and availability for a number of local community groups and other sporting clubs to access high quality facilities at Crewe.
The new ground would be based just behind Simply Gym and would also see an extension built to the adjacent pavilion. It is described as a “new full-size 100m x 64m artificial turf stadium pitch, which would include a covered seating area, a covered standing area and two covered technical areas for home and away teams”.
Crewe FC have clarified that they have no plans to develop the whole pitch after respondents misunderstood the plans. They added: “We understand and appreciate the need for public green space and there would still be plenty of land for all forms of recreational use.”
The survey is due to run until July 15 and is “designed to find out people’s thoughts on these plans, before the project goes ahead”. There will also be a public consultation event on Saturday, June 25 at The Wishing Well Project Georges Community Center.
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