3G football pitch planned beside new Grange Paddocks Leisure Centre in Bishop's Stortford
Plans for an artificial football pitch with floodlighting at Grange Paddocks in Bishop's Stortford are being prepared by East Herts Council.
The 3G (third generation) pitch will be built on part of the footprint of the 1970s leisure centre and swimming pool which will be demolished when the £20m replacement gym and pool open later this year.
3G pitches have a synthetic turf surface with sand and rubber infills. The council has identified an "urgent demand" for more of them, with a shortfall of 10 across the district.
A spokesman for East Herts said: "We believe that sport and physical activity is an integral part of physical and mental wellbeing. Football is a popular sport both locally and nationally with high levels of participation.
"There is an under-supply of artificial pitches in the area to support the continued growth in football. Our 3G pitch will contribute to meeting local demand all year round.
"Football not only promotes mental and physical wellbeing by offering fitness and a fun and engaging way to meet new people and socialise, but also a structure for talent development. This pitch will be available for football clubs, private hire and open up opportunities for new initiatives such as walking football and other low-to-medium intensity physical activities."
The council is consulting on its 3G pitch plans until Thursday August 26, ahead of a planning application set to be submitted in September.
The pitch and tennis courts are the last phase of transformation of facilities at Grange Paddocks, which began at the end of March 2020.
Contractor Willmott Dixon Construction has built a new leisure centre consisting of a reception/foyer area, café and seating area, a multi-purpose room, two studios, a fitness suite with room for around 130 stations and separate changing rooms for gym users and footballers.
The swimming facilities comprise a 25m, eight-lane competition main pool, a teaching pool with a moveable floor, seating for more than 200 spectators and changing facilities.
For more details and to take part in the public engagement, see www.eastherts.gov.uk/3Gpitch.