Life's a pitch in Llandrindod Wells


Gavin Grosvenor

RENEWED calls to create additional football facilities in Llandrindod Wells have been backed by the town council.

The age old saga of a lack of recreation land in the town has also seen Powys County Council top brass schedule to meet club officials and “discuss the situation”.

Llandrindod Wells Football Club has long campaigned for more  land in the town with the latest calls being made to the town council by club secretary Derek Corfield.

“At present the club runs six teams at senior, youth and junior level and on a Tuesday evening over 100 juniors come along to training.

“With the best will in the world it is becoming more difficult to expect this one solitary pitch to cover all the games played in a season.

“As a club we take pride in the pitch and carry out the necessary maintenance on a weekly basis in an attempt to keep it going.

“I have written to Powys County Council who tell me that the club have to appreciate that over using the pitch will cause wear which the outdoor recreation department cannot plan for.

“They obviously recognise that there is a problem, but attempt to dismiss it without question.

“If you look at the likes of Brecon, Newtown, Welshpool, Machynlleth, Llanfyllin and Llanidloes the problem does not arise and even Builth Wells can boast two pitches.

“What worries Llandrindod Wells Football Club is that if youngsters  are prevented from playing regular football because of a lack of pitches, where will they go?

“It is a serious situation and the youngsters of the town need the council’s support.
“The club would like to set-up a meeting to discuss the situation and hopefully the town council could offer support and help.”

The campaign for more pitches  received the blessing of several town councillors while county councillor Gary Price dubbed the town’s children’s pitch on Oxford Road a “disgrace” due to dog fouling.

Cllr Sarah Millington added: "I had a conversation with the chairman of the club and offered to start up a meeting with someone from the finance unit at Powys County Council.”

Powys County Council confirmed it had been contacted by the club and had since offered to meet officials.

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