Years of work pay off as games area is un­veiled

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER - KAREN BRITTON

ANEW sports court for a range of ac­tiv­i­ties has been opened af­ter fundrais­ing by the com­mu­nity.

The Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) has been un­veiled on the Atax field, on Oven­house Lane in Bolling­ton, for play­ing sports in­clud­ing foot­ball, cricket, ten­nis and bas­ket­ball.

It is the re­sult of years of work by part­ners from the com­mu­nity who came to­gether to work on the project.

Coun An­drew Lang­don, the mayor of Bolling­ton, mem­bers of the project team and Richard Smith from WREN, which con­trib­uted al­most £50,000, were at the un­veil­ing and the rib­bon was cut by Rachel Bai­ley, leader of Cheshire East, which trans­ferred the land to the town coun­cil for £1.

Coun Lang­don said: “Wide com­mu­nity ef­fort and en­thu­si­asm with fi­nan­cial sup­port from WREN and oth­ers has de­liv­ered a new state of the art sports fa­cil­ity in Bolling­ton.

“It will en­able young peo­ple to en­joy them­selves and keep fit and ac­tive.”

The area around Bolling­ton Cross al­ready has an ac­tive sport­ing scene, with Bolling­ton United Ju­nior Foot­ball Club and its 21 teams of young play­ers and Bolling­ton Health and Leisure Cen­tre.

The Bolling­ton Cross Youth Project Team, made up of rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the town coun­cil, Bolling­ton Health and Leisure, Bolling­ton United Ju­nior Foot­ball Club and busi­ness and com­mu­nity vol­un­teers, formed to im­prove fa­cil­i­ties for sports teams.

They set them­selves the chal­lenge of cre­at­ing the MUGA and new foot­ball pitches at the Atax field along­side the leisure cen­tre and worked tire­lessly to se­cure land, fund­ing and plan­ning con­sents.

They ten­dered the project to con­trac­tor AXO Leisure which de­signed and built the MUGA.

Coun Ken Ed­wards helped drive the project and Tullis Rus­sel and Paul Gib­bons of De­ci­pher Con­sult­ing sup­ported get­ting the Bolling­ton Cross project off the ground.

Other fund­ing was sup­plied from Sec­tion 106 plan­ning con­tri­bu­tions, the town coun­cil, Bolling­ton Health and Leisure and Bolling­ton United Ju­nior Foot­ball Club.

The MUGA is open dur­ing the day and evenings for any­one to use free of charge. In au­tumn and win­ter flood­light­ing will also be avail­able un­til 9pm.

Work now con­tin­ues on de­liv­er­ing phase two, which is three new foot­ball pitches.

Cheshire East coun­cil leader Rachel Bai­ley, Bolling­ton mayor An­drew Lang­don and other in­vited guests at the open­ing of the multi-use games area

The MUGA is flood­lit and de­signed to be used for sports such as bas­ket­ball, cricket and ten­nis

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