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Sodden fields at heart of community get cash boost

Coun Bill Shannon at the playing field in Tanterton which has been awarded funding for a drainage system

Coun Bill Shannon at the playing field in Tanterton which has been awarded funding for a drainage system

A waterlogged playing field which floods nearby paths is to get a £30,000 drainage boost.

Currently, only half of Tanterton Playing Field, off Village Green Lane, Preston, can be used during wet weather.

The water also often floods the nearby public footpath, making it difficult to reach a doctor’s surgery and a shopping precinct.

The project to make the site drier can go ahead thanks to The Veolia Environment Trust, who have awarded the cash to Groundwork Lancashire West and Wigan Ltd.

Ward councillor for Ingol and Tanterton, Councillor Bill Shannon, said: “This is just the kind of project the area needs and the community can get involved in and gets 2014 off to a flying start.

“We will be behind the community all the way on this and other schemes to improve Ingol and Tanterton for the better.”

Councillor Robert Boswell, cabinet member for community and environment at Preston City Council, thanked the Veolia Trust on behalf of local residents, and said: “ The playing fields play a central role in the community and will impact greatly.”

The grant was awarded The Veolia Environment Trust’s board meeting in January, when 77 grants totalling almost £2.5m were awarded to community and environmental projects across the UK.

Grants are awarded through the Landfill Communities Fund and in the last five years, a total of £1,088,485 has gone to projects in Lancashire.

Development manager, Stephen Hodges, said: “This grant is brilliant news.

“It means we can push the project forward and start work on these much-needed improvements for the playing field.”

 

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