Work starts on new 3G pitch in north Powys

Work has begun on a state-of-the-art 3G pitch for students and the public in Powys.

All-weather pitch in Llanidloes
All-weather pitch in Llanidloes

Contractors SWG Group, which has a base in Shrewsbury, has started the groundwork for the pitch with shared access for Llanidloes Sports Centre and Llanidloes High School.

The pitch, which is being built on land between the two buildings, will be suitable for football, hockey and a number of other outdoor sports.

Jacqui Gough, director at SWG Group, said they were delighted to begin the project.

She said: “This is a project that will greatly benefit both the students, Freedom Leisure and the wider public too.

“The outdated pitch is no longer fit for purpose as the surface is degraded and affecting usage.

“We have successfully planned a shared access point with all parties involved and Powys County Council has been pivotal in helping to plan and proceed with this work effectively and safely.

“Our staff have been eager to get on site and begin as we can see the vast improvements it will make to the people in the area, helping them to stay active in an outdoor setting post COVID-19.

“Work will include removing the current pitch surfaces and installing a modern and effective sustainable drainage system followed by installation of a state-of-the art multi use artificial pitch surface.

“The pitch will then be protected by a rebound fencing and include storage for equipment. Floodlighting will then be installed to allow the area to be utilised during the evenings and winter months.

“Groundwork has now commenced and the project is expected to be completed in the summer.”

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