Astley and Buckshaw Junior Football Club secures its future at last

NEW LEASE: Astley and Buckshaw will play on the Chancery Road field for 10 years.
NEW LEASE: Astley and Buckshaw will play on the Chancery Road field for 10 years.
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A junior football club’s future has been decided after a long-term agreement to lease a pitch has been reached.

Astley and Buckshaw JFC has accepted Chorley Council’s 10-year offer to lease a field in Chancery Road, Astley Village.

The club have played on the field for six years and problems escalated when they looked to secure their future.

Astley and Buckshaw applied to secure a lease through a Neighbourhood Project, however opponents previously said that other things in the village should be more of a priority. A petition was launched by prospective parliamentary candidate Rob Loughenbury calling on the council to grant a lease.

Discussions took place and now an agreement has been reached.

A spokesman from Astley and Buckshaw JFC said: “The chairman Phil Lucas received a letter last week and the offer stated that it would be 10 years, there is a clause which will see the lease reviewed 
after five years.

“The club are delighted, we want to thank Chorley Council for the offer and now we can move forward.”

Coun Bev Murray, who looks after open spaces for Chorley Council, said: “We are in a position to offer a lease to the club which the club is happy with.

“We had received a request from the club about a lease and we had been waiting for some information from them before we could finalise things and that’s now sorted. It is incorrect to say that we’d been blocking this. We’ve had an arrangement with the club for using that land for the past five years, which will continue until the new lease is finalised.”