Long-awaited work to replace the surface of a playing field in Weedon is finally under way following a £50,000 donation.
Drainage work started on the Jubilee Playing Field in the village on Monday after complaints from the football club that the pitch was not fit for purpose.
The money was donated to Weedon Bec Parish Council by Sport England.
Cllr Neil Anthony, vice chairman of the parish council, said: “There are a lot of springs underneath the pitch so the work will drain these so the water goes off into the canal.
“The football club had asked us to do something about it and that is how the project started and led to us getting the money.
“The players were finding the pitch was getting very waterlogged, especially in the middle. On some occasions, this has led to matches being called off.”
The parish council was given the money last year but there had been delays in finding someone to carry out the work.
Some areas of the playing field will have to be fenced off. However the play equipment on other parts of the playing field will remain accessible throughout.
Once the drainage works have been completed, a new playing surface will be installed. It is hoped the works will be finished by the end of August, largely depending on the weather.
Fellow parish councillor, Barry Pilkington, said: “We are delighted with the award of the money and that the work has now started to improve the pitch.
“It will make a massive difference to the football club when the new pitch is finally laid.”
HELP NEEDED FOR FIELD’S IMPROVEMENT
Weedon Bec Parish Council is also currently looking for fencing to use while the work is being carried out. Cllr Anthony added: “We are looking for some fencing called Euro Fencing which will help exclude the area. If anybody has some spare, please get in touch with us.” Anyone who can help can contact the parish council on 01327 341057 .