a new drainage system is being installed on a football pitch in Treeton which has regularly been out of use through its inability to cope with the worst of the winter weather.
A £3,000 grant from Banks Renewables, which was drawn from the community benefits fund linked to Banks’ nearby Penny Hill Wind Farm, was used to fund the majority of the work.
With the drainage system now in place, and additional maintenance work being carried out over the summer, Treeton Parish Council is now expecting the field to be available for use for a far greater proportion of the new season.
Council clerk Chris Brown said: “Our football pitch gets an awful lot of use, with training sessions through the week and at least a couple of matches played on each day at weekends.
“Up until now, there hasn’t been any kind of drainage system in place, meaning that the impact of any rain or snow has been greatly magnified and the pitch has often been totally unusable for weeks at a time, which is very frustrating for all the teams. Funding this work ourselves would have meant raising the precept that everyone in the village pays to the council, which wasn’t really an option for us, so the generous funding that Banks has providedis really welcome.”