Public meeting over sports plan
A PUBLIC information meeting was due to be held over plans for a £2 million sports hub at Higham’s Playing Fields.
Accrington Stanley Community Trust revealed plans for the development last month and claim it will increase visitors 22-fold.
The proposals include a multi-use building to replace the current structure on the site, a full-size floodlit artificial football pitch, three grass pitches for football and rugby and a new artificial cricket wicket, and a 55-space car park.
The Trust said the artificial pitch will have ‘protected use’ on evenings and weekends for local grassroots clubs and community activities.
A meeting was due to take place at Accrington Stanley FC on Wednesday night as we went to press, with representatives from the Trust and Hyndburn council available to answer submitted questions.
The scheme has been backed by amateur football leagues, however more than 2,500 people have signed a petition opposing it
The Save Higham’s Playing Fields group will also hold a public meeting at St Joseph’s Church in Accrington on Thursday, October 19 at 6.30pm.