Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

25/10/05 TACKLING WATER LOGGED PITCHES

Football games in Skelmersdale called off this weekend due to the heavy rainfall. Football pitches in Skelmersdale were flooded this weekend preventing hundreds of local youngsters from being able to play their regular game of football.

Football pitches in Skelmersdale appear to have a drainage problem, which means during periods of heavy rainfall the water collects on the surface creating puddles. This results in games being called-off as happened over the weekend just gone.

Local MP Rosie Cooper and West Lancashire District Councillor Terry Aldridge have contacted the council about trying to resolve the problem for the future and to prevent too many games being cancelled because of the rain.

Rosie Cooper MP said:

“We talk about how little sport children get involved with these days. Obviously, there will be times when the weather prevents outdoor sports from taking place. But the District Council should be doing all they can to ensure the pitches are in a playable state. Clearly, there is a problem with the drainage of the pitches that needs to be rectified.”

“If we are able to provide good quality sports facilities then hopefully we can get more children back playing sports of a weekend.”

Councillor Aldridge added:

“It is a real shame for the children not to be able to play football. I am sure many of them were looking forward to it all week, then when the weekend arrives they are disappointed by waterlogged pitches. I have been promised by the Council they are looking into the problem and hopefully they take the necessary action to resolve the problems that creates waterlogged pitches.” 

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