Sports pitch plans revealed for Coronation Fields in Hoole

28 October 2019

Cheshire West and Chester Council will be sharing plans next month for improvements to Coronation Fields in Hoole. 

As part of the Council’s Playing Pitch Strategy and Local Football Facility Plan, this is one of the sites to be identified where the changing provision is poor and no longer fit for purpose. 

There are currently 768 teams playing in west Cheshire; 163 men’s teams, seven women’s teams, 293 youth boys’ teams, 90 youth girls’ teams and 215 mini soccer teams (18 of which are girls’ only mini teams). 

Councillor Louise Gittins, Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Wellbeing said: “We are inviting playing field users, residents and football players to have a look at the improvement plans and let us know what they think. 

“The new proposed facility will have changing for two teams plus officials, be accessible, include internal storage, a kitchenette for refreshments and separate toilets for spectators.” 

The Council has worked with Ellis Williams Architect to complete a feasibility of the site and draft initial designs which are in line with current guidance.  

Working with the Football Foundation, the Council aims to enhance the pitches and facilities to promote football development and physical health and well-being. 

The plans can be viewed on: 
  • Thursday 7 November 6pm to 8pm  at Hoole Community Centre 
  • Saturday 9 November 11am to 1pm Hoole Playing Fields via Bowling hut
  • Tuesday 12 November 11am to 1pm Hoole Playing Fields via Bowling hut 
The project is expected to cost in the region of £450,000, following the consultation, and planning application, a funding submission will be made to the Football Foundation in spring 2020 with a possible start on site in the summer 2020. 

The Playing Pitch Strategy identifies current levels of provision in west Cheshire across the public, education, voluntary and commercial sectors. The main purpose of the strategy is to make sure the provision of outdoor sports facilities meet the local needs of existing and future residents. 

The strategy report identifies a total of 416 football pitches across 178 sites in west Cheshire. Of these, 333 are available, at some level, for community use. Changing facilities are generally viewed as being adequate by clubs with 44 per cent rating provision as standard, 27 per cent rating changing facilities as good and 10 per cent of changing facilities reported as poor. 

Of the pitches available for the community, 81 are managed by the Council, 15 by parish/town councils, 87 by schools/colleges/universities and 45 by clubs (the remaining pitches are privately or commercially managed).

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