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Improvement works underway at Lord Derby Playing Fields

by Cathy Sheel

Work has begun on the first phase of improvements at Lord Derby Memorial Playing Field in Huyton.

Aimed at improving the quality of the playing pitches, the current works will lead the way to a new sports and community facility at the site, as well as improvements at the adjacent Oak Plantation community woodland.

The current works are scheduled to last around eight weeks, and will include pitch drainage, top dressing and re-seeding, fencing alteration and the removal of aging storage and changing facilities.

As it will take a number of months for the new grass to grow on the pitches, there will be no organised football matches until September 2021, when the new league season starts, and people will be asked to ‘keep off the grass’ until the pitches are fully re-established.

During the works, the pedestrian entrance at the Knowsley Lane junction with Green Gates cul de sac will be closed, though public access to the site and Oak Community Woodland will be possible through the nearby main entrance.

Later in the year, the next phase will involve the construction of a single storey sports and community building with reception, office, first aid room, changing rooms, showers, toilets and social room with kitchen. The council is working closely with the resident football club Knowsley South FC on the project.

In addition, the car parks will be resurfaced and a new cycle shelter will be installed, while vehicle access to the site off Knowsley Lane will be widened to allow two cars to pass.

The new facilities will be funded by a significant ‘Section 106’ contribution from developers of the wider housing and business development known as Earlsfield Park, along with a grant from the Football Foundation ‘Premier League and FA Facilities Fund’ secured by the council in partnership with Knowsley South FC.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said: “These exciting improvements will secure the future use of the playing fields and will significantly enhance the offer for outdoor sports provision and recreation in the area for both existing and new residents.”

Linked to this development, and to be delivered as a separate phase, the council is to carry out improvement works to Oak Plantation.

For further updates visit Knowsley Parks on Facebook and Twitter and also Knowsley South FC website: www.knowsleysouthfc.co.uk