Work starts to transform agricultural land in Pocklington into sports and recreation pitches
Plans are moving ahead to turn former agricultural land in Pocklington into additional sports and recreation pitches.
Thanks to Housing Developers Vistry Homes, preparation work has already begun to transform an area between The Henry Thirsk Amenity Centre and Parisi Way into additional playing facilities.
The land will receive a face-lift thanks to Vistry Homes and East Riding of Yorkshire Council. Over the next few weeks the area will be de-stoned, levelled and seeded to ensure a high quality surface that grassroots local sports teams of all ages in the area will be able to use.
A Pocklington Town Council spokesman said: “The project will begin with a chemical treatment of the ground to kill off weeds, moulds and animal deposits that can prove harmful if left on playing surfaces.
“This is an important piece of preparation work because when the site is available to play sport on, adults and children will have the use of it so removing any risk of infection from dog faeces needs to have been completed.
“Signage and fencing will be going up around the area of this additional land to notify local residents of the ongoing work.
“If all goes well, the land will be resurfaced fully re-purposed and ready to be used in the Autumn of 2021, with the aim of the land to be transferred to Pocklington Football Club.
“The net effect of this additional outdoor sports land will be an increase in the provision of greenfield playing space for the benefit of children and adults in the Pocklington area.
“While many people may have views on this development based on their use of the field for dog walking, it is important to note that when planning permission for additional housing on the Balk was approved several years ago, this particular piece of land was marked for outdoor sporting purposes.”