New sports pitch gets go-ahead

charles hill pitch
charles hill pitch

A bid to roll out a full-sized artificial turf pitch in Loscoe has been given the green light.

Amber Valley Borough Council has this week approved the application at the Charles Hill Sports Ground, on Flamstead Avenue, for the 100m by 64m pitch, with spectator terracing, improvements to the football and cricket pitches and upgrading of the car park.

Work on the pitch and an upgrade of the changing rooms will cost around £1 million and is the first stage of ambitious £2 million plans for a community sports centre.

Cllr Bob Moon said: “I’m glad to see its gone through. The overall plan for Charles Hill will benefit people in the area and further afield. I look forward to the years to come when the overall plan reaches the endpoint - especially the building.”

John McCulloch, former chairman of Heanor Town FC and member of the Charles Hill Centre Community Interest Company (CIC), which is behind the plan, said: “The original application was for a three-quarter-sized pitch - it was changed because there are no full-size pitches for people who are at the junior-senior level.”

CIC will next submit plans to build a new community centre for public use and an upstairs office facility in May. They must now find funding to match the £430,000 already allocated by the council.

It will be the only full -ize artificial grass pitch in Amber Valley for football development. It will be used by a number of local youth teams and as the home of a new under 21 team and will host showpiece events.