Spotlight on training ground at exhibition

Fleetwood Town chief executive Steve Curwood (below) says the state-of-the-art football complex alongside the properties would allow the club's players to do more in the community.
Fleetwood Town chief executive Steve Curwood (below) says the state-of-the-art football complex alongside the properties would allow the club's players to do more in the community.

An exhibition revealing how a state-of-the-art football complex could look will be opened up to the public.

Fleetwood Town FC will display draft proposals for their new training ground on Poolfoot Farm, Thornton, alongside Rowland Homes’ plans for 110 new properties on fields off Bourne Way.

Fleetwood Town chief executive Steve Curwood

Fleetwood Town chief executive Steve Curwood

The club plan to build 16 pitches, including a full size third generation artificial turf pitch and facilities with changing rooms and classrooms. Thornton Cleveleys FC will be moved off the current pitches on Poolfoot Farm to the League Two club’s new complex, as land is made available for the development of homes.

Steve Curwood, chief executive of Fleetwood Town FC, said: “The first team trains in Lytham at the moment and it will save a lot of time, money and energy on that side of things.

“What better thing to do than build football pitches that are properly maintained and are there for everyone in grass roots football.”

Fleetwood Town’s Community Trust will move out of small offices at the club’s Highbury stadium and into new classrooms at the complex.

Mr Curwood added: “It will allow the players to do more in the community because it’s closer to the area and they can go into schools.

“The community support element is a massive part of this and we are looking to grow our fanbase.”

The controversial plans to build homes on the land were met with protests from hundreds of Thornton residents who are against the development. Community leaders and those living in the area claimed the land was frequently used by dog walkers and they did not want green space filled by homes.

Matthew Robinson, from HOW Planning, said: “The proposals will be out on display for people to see what we can achieve.

“They can raise their concerns and we can make any changes if necessary.

“We’ve sent out flyers to about 2,000 homes to let people know and hopefully we will get as big a turnout as possible.”

The exhibition will take place at the home of Thornton Cleveleys FC, New Bourne Park, Bourne Road, Thornton, from 2pm to 8pm on October 23.

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