West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is seeking action from Education Ministers to protect the state of the art 3G floodlit 11-a-side football pitch on the former Glenburn Sports College site.
Following the school's closure in July 2016 ownership of the site has passed to the Department for Education. Several parties in Skelmersdale have expressed an interest in taking over the facilities and/or even relocating the pitch rather than allow the £650,000 investment in the pitch to fall into disrepair.
MP Rosie has tabled a series of Parliamentary Questions seeking clarification on the site ownership and the process for interested parties to discuss with the Department for Education retaining the sports pitch for continued community use.
Previously local school’s and football teams have used the all-weather sports pitch for games and training throughout the year. With Glenburn Sports College now closed, Skelmersdale faces losing another community sports facility unless an agreement can be reached to save the pitch.
Rosie Cooper MP said:
“It would be scandalous if this state of the art sports pitch in the heart of the town was left to go to wrack and ruin.
“I have been contacted by several local parties with a significant interest in protecting these high quality facilities for the benefit of the town.
“Prior to the closure of Glenburn Sports College, I was very concerned about the future of these sports facilities and raised this with both Lancashire County Council and West Lancashire Borough Council. I was assured that all options for retaining the sports facilities were being discussed and would be explored.
“I am committed to ensuring every opportunity is given to protecting this pitch. Skelmersdale has already lost its sports centre whilst other sports facilities in the town are in desperate need of investment.
“We need to get the Department of Education, as the site owner, round the table with the various parties to explore the possibility for saving this sports pitch and I will be working to see this happens.”