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Pitch-er this: sports field planned for Pannal


Published at 9:44am 21st November 2014. (Updated at 3:20pm 25th November 2014)

New land could be made available to help tackle Harrogate's lack of sports facilities.

Stray FM has been speaking to one local football club after councillors gave their initial backing to transforming a farm site off the A61 in Pannal.

Beckwithshaw Saints are among several clubs which have shown an interest.

The land, which is owned by Harrogate Borough Council, is currently leased on a year-by-year basis to a local farmer.

Councillor Pat Jones, Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Sports, said: "More and more people in Harrogate are wishing to play sport, and if we are wanting to meet demand, we need to ensure we have enough outdoor sporting facilities available. The decision we have made will help tackle this problem.

"There is clearly strong local support for the proposed use of the site and we have received interest from sports clubs to release this site for their requirements. Further work, which will include choosing a partner to develop this proposal, will need to be undertaken before the site will be available for community use and the first ball is kicked in a competitive match."

Listen to Dean Dyble, Chairman of Beckwithshaw Saints JFC: