A long-awaited new 3G pitch for Holyhead has moved a step closer.
Town and county councillors have earmarked a new site at Holyhead Park for a £120,000 astroturf, after agreeing to work together to improve local sports facilities.
It would replace the ageing Millbank pitch at Holyhead High School, which has suffered from flood damage and concerns about the poor surface in recent years.
Holyhead Town Council voted on Monday night (5th October) in favour of a public consultation in partnership with Anglesey Council.
The new pitch would be designed for football and rugby training – with a special shock pad and upgraded floodlights and fencing. There are also proposals for a changing block with showers and a car park.
The tennis courts at Holyhead Park would be relocated elsewhere. Three years ago, the town council took over the park from Anglesey Council.
Mayor of Holyhead, Councillor Alan Williams, said: ”This facility would provide a much-needed boost to the facilities in the town of Holyhead and for our children and young people.”
“As a town council, we have also agreed that part of the process will include a public consolation for the people of the town to give their views on the proposed development.”
Despite maintenance work, the state of the Millbank facility has led to disruption for junior and senior football teams and ever growing calls for a replacement with nearly 2,000 people signing an online petition.
If the new plans get the go ahead, the Holyhead Park 3G will be available to local schools during the day and sporting groups for evenings and weekends. But even after the consultation, the two councils will still need to source grant funding.
The facility would only be suitable for training, compared to the £200,000 full-size pitch at Llangefni’s Plas Arthur leisure centre, opened two years ago.
Anglesey Council CEO Annwen Morgan said: ”Last year, we said that replacing the old Millbank facility was high on our agenda. We tried a short-term fix, but it was clear that greater investment and a new site was needed.”
”Despite the severe impact of coronavirus, our officers have been working hard behind the scenes to come up with a feasible and cost effective project.”
”We recognise that many local football clubs have called for a full-size artificial football pitch; and certainly we want to work with them and the community to realise this ambition in the future.”
”We hope, however, that they will welcome our proposals for Holyhead Park and support them as a step in the right direction. This facility would provide a valuable, and reliable, all-weather sporting facility for both for school pupils, local sporting clubs and wider community.”