THE only all-weather pitch in Welshpool remains out of bounds for the foreseeable future due to “irrevocable” damage to the sand bed.

But the authorities which look after The Flash are working to find a solution as soon as possible.

A joint statement issued by Powys County Council and Freedom Leisure said: “The artificial turf pitch (ATP) at the Flash Leisure Centre, Welshpool has been closed since October 28, 2019 due to persistent flooding causing significant damage to the surface by water and debris. This is as a result of a failed surface water drainage system located on land adjacent.

“It had been hoped to re-open the facility quickly after cleaning and repairs had been carried out but an inspection on November 25 revealed irrevocable damage to the ATP sand bed which has compromised its use and safety.

“Detailed investigative work surrounding the artificial pitch at the Flash Leisure Centre and adjacent sites in Welshpool is needed to reduce any future flood risk and before further repairs can start.

“The organisations will continue to work together to identify a suitable solution and will provide further updates in January 2020.”

The spokesman added: “We apologise to all users of the pitch for this closure and the inconvenience of this. However, we are doing all that we can to keep the length of closure to a minimum.

“Regular users have been informed of the closure and we will provide regular updates on the project. Once work is complete, we are confident that the facility will be open to the community all year round.”