Car park expansion is key to developing Leyland sporting site

Result: Leyland Warriors Chairman Phil Roberts has permission to extend the car park

Result: Leyland Warriors Chairman Phil Roberts has permission to extend the car park

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Major parking problems caused by the popularity of playing fields in Leyland are set to be a thing of the past, as plans have been passed to create a 128-space car park.

There is currently only room for 26 cars to park at the Moss Side Playing Fields, which caters for the Leyland Warriors Rugby Club and other users of the fields, such as horse riders, footballers and anglers.

It means that cars have to park around Moss Side Way and Slater Lane.

As part of an ambitious £330,000 scheme to open the site up to community use, with new sports pitches and multi-use tracks for cyclists and dog walkers, the rugby club has secured funding for a huge expansion of the car park.

And the scheme was unanimously supported by South Ribble Council’s planning committee this week.

Speaking at the meeting, County Coun Michael Green said: “The applicant is very active in the area, providing facilities for lots of young people.

“It’s a victim of its own success to an extent, and it’s to the applicant’s credit that he wants to tackle the parking issues.

“This will make a big difference to the community.”

Coun Phil Smith, cabinet member for leisure, healthy communities and regeneration, added: “It does mean creating a car park on a green space, but it will allow for the proper use of the whole area and will be great for the community and the rugby club.

“It will allow the users of the fields to develop the site greatly for sports and activities, to get youngsters out and about playing ball games, like they should be doing.”

Leyland Warriors chairman, Phil Roberts, said that once the car park is created, the next stage of developing the site will involve building a new sports pavilion.