Work is done to stop pitches from flooding

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Improvements have been made to a sports field in the north-west of the borough.

Officials at North Tyneside Council are hoping wet weather will no longer halt football matches at Lockey Park.

The Wideopen-based park now boasts a floodlit 3G artificial grass pitch and an improved car park to serve players, their families and other visitors.

And after the council invested in the drainage system of the senior and junior real grass football pitches, the final part of the project is now complete.

Coun Eddie Darke, cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “Our latest work to the pitches is set to greatly improve the playing conditions for years to come.

“Previously, games were often cancelled because pitches became waterlogged, but this investment will ensure the capacity of the fields is much better.

“We’re delighted with the transformation of all the facilities at Lockey Park – and the feedback we’ve had from Wideopen Football Club and the wider community has been great.

“The project was something those who use the park asked for so it’s fantastic we’ve been able to carry this out.”

Wideopen Football Club chairman Mick Fawcett added: “The Lockey Park pitches were in urgent need of this drainage work so to have this money spent by North Tyneside Council on some of them is very welcome indeed.

“It can only benefit the football club itself and other users, as wear and tear due to flooding had become an issue.

“Thank you on behalf of the club.”