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Sports Pitch Drainage Work

We are pleased to announce that drainage work on the sports pitches began on 27th September. The work involves installing a drainage system across the sports field and then re-seeding. This will mean that the pitch areas will be out of bounds until the Spring of 2022 to allow the grass turf to establish. There is a low barrier around the field and all are asked to not walk on the field while the grass is growing. The Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) and the community centre are not affected by the work. The recycling centre, operated by Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council (B&DBC), is closed temporarily.

A large number of our young have played rugby, football and cricket on the Fieldgate pitches over the years and it’s great to see so many progress through the levels to the senior teams. These improvements will ensure there is good playing surface for the many village teams that use the pitches – Kingsclere Rugby (mens and minis), Kingsclere Football Club, Kingsclere Ladies Football, Kingsclere Youth Football and Kingsclere Cricket. Alternative ‘home’ grounds will be used by rugby and football teams while the Fieldgate Centre pitches are out of commission during the 21/22 season. Minis rugby and youth football training will be held on the Holding Field.
The pitches at the Fieldgate Centre are owned and operated by B&DBC. Due to the restrictions on who can be awarded grant funding, the Kingsclere Community Organisation (KCA) has applied for and obtained funding needed for the drainage work from B&DBC, although some funding will be provided by the sports clubs. The KCA, who is responsible for managing the project, is working closely together with the sports clubs and B&DBC.
To make best use of the funds available it was decided not to spend significant money on rigid high fencing to seal off the field area during the work and to prevent access while the grass is re-establishing. We therefore request that all respect the low barriers and stay off the field. The footpath will remain along the hedge boundary of the field.

 

Upgrading the MUGA has provided significant benefit and this further investment in the drainage will maximise availability of the pitches by reducing the waterlogging that has impeded use over the past few seasons.