Trust re­jects cricket chiefs’ con­cerns

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AC­CRING­TON Stan­ley Com­mu­nity Trust has re­jected claims that a pro­posed £2 mil­lion com­mu­nity sports hub would have a ‘se­ri­ous detri­men­tal im­pact on cricket in the area’.

A let­ter from the Eng­land and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) sent to Hyn­d­burn MP Gra­ham Jones on Oc­to­ber 24 raised ‘con­cerns’ about the pro­pos­als and the lack of an up-to-date valid play­ing pitch strat­egy (PPS) in the area.

How­ever, Trust bosses said since the let­ter was writ­ten they have had ‘pos­i­tive di­a­logue’ with the ECB and Sport Eng­land and that ‘both or­gan­i­sa­tions are sup­port­ive of the sports hub pro­posal’.

ASCT wants to trans­form Higham’s Play­ing Fields to 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.

In the ECB let­ter writ­ten by David Ma­honey, di­rec­tor of strat­egy and pub­lic pol­icy, to Mr Jones he said: “The ECB shares your con­cerns that the pro­posal, in its cur­rent state, could have a se­ri­ous detri­men­tal im­pact on cricket in the area; an area which as you rightly point out, is pas­sion­ate about the game.

“ECB is in on­go­ing dis­cus­sions with Sport Eng­land, the Trust and the lo­cal author­ity and it is ev­i­dent that the lack of an up-to-date valid PPS is the root cause of the is­sue here.”

In re­sponse to the let­ter, Mr Jones said: “Whether the pro­pos­als should be taken for­ward, I am of the opin­ion that they could be more cricket-orientated.”

How­ever, ASCT chief ex­ec­u­tive Martin Fearon said that they ‘do not see the sports hub hav­ing any­thing other than a pos­i­tive ef­fect on cricket in the area’.

Mr Fearon said the two grass wick­ets cur­rently on the play­ing field will be re­placed with a brand new ECB stan­dard ar­ti­fi­cial wicket and there will be ‘no loss of cricket pro­vi­sion in the area’.

The dead­line for rep­re­sen­ta­tions to be made on the sports hub pro­posal is Fri­day, Novem­ber 10.

Around 60 res­i­dents and groups have sub­mit­ted let­ters in sup­port of the sports hub scheme while more than 20 op­po­si­tion let­ters and a 2,500 sig­na­ture pe­ti­tion have also been sent to the coun­cil. A PUB duty man­ager is wanted by po­lice in con­nec­tion with an £8,500 theft from a safe.

Po­lice said that Phil Barlow is al­leged to have stolen £8,500 from the safe at The Com­mer­cial Ho­tel on Church Street in Ac­cring­ton on Oc­to­ber 30 be­fore flee­ing the scene.

Of­fi­cers are in­ves­ti­gat­ing re­ports that the 52-year-old may have trav­elled to Thai­land.

A Lan­cashire Po­lice spokesper­son said: “We were called at 2.30pm on Oc­to­ber 30 to re­ports of a theft at The Com­mer­cial pub in Ac­cring­ton.

“It is al­leged that a duty man­ager has taken around £8,500 from the safe and made off from the scene.

“We have re­ceived phone calls say­ing that might have gone to Bangkok in Thai­land and that is some­thing that’s be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.”

Call po­lice with in­for­ma­tion on 101 quot­ing log num­ber 791 of Oc­to­ber 30.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the pro­posed new sports hub at Higham’s Play­ing Fields

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