Popular pitch will get new surface

AN EASTBOURNE sports pitch used by thousands of local residents every year is to be resurfaced.

At a meeting on Wednesday, Eastbourne Borough Council’s Cabinet agreed to release funds to replace the Astro Turf pitch at Eastbourne Sports Park.

The cost of resurfacing the pitch will be met by the borough council, East Sussex County Council and Sussex Downs College, which jointly manage the sports park.

Every year more than 20,000 people use the pitch, which was developed in 1999 and is now in need of resurfacing.

As well as students at Sussex Downs College, the pitch is used by community groups, members of the public and other sports clubs. It also generates an income of £50,000 through hire fees.

It is estimated the resurfacing work could cost up to £180,000, however funds have been put aside every year since the pitch was installed to pay for the work.

Eastbourne Borough Council is liable for 62 per cent of the final costs as part of the management partnership arrangement.

Councillor Neil Stanley, Portfolio Holder for Sports and Leisure, said, “The Astro Turf pitch at the sports park is a superb facility used by thousands of people every day.

“It is therefore vital that we continue to invest in the park to safeguard its future viability as one of the town’s most highly valued sports resources.

“Through prudent planning, the cost of resurfacing the pitch will be met from a special fund which has accrued over the years, and which can now be released for this project.”