A FORMER athlete is stepping up a campaign which could see more than £1m invested in a Mid Cheshire sports complex.
Cllr Brian Hall, who represented England at the Commonwealth Games, has already called for the athletics facilities at Knights Grange in Winsford to be improved with a £1m upgrade - but is expanding his dream even further.
A users' group has been set up to find out what users or potential users of the facilities would like to see done before the borough councillor writes his second report of potential improvements in the new year.
Vale Royal Borough Council has sanctioned £10,000 worth of short-term improvements, including relaying the running track and providing lighting for athletes to train at night. It has also encouraged a task group to investigate any long-term improvements suggested by Cllr Hall.
Cllr Hall is completing a report which will detail plans for improvements to all the facilities, and while he has not yet firmly established what they will be it is thought they would encompass the complex as a whole, including other sports facilities and improvements off the field.
The idea is that once the final plans are drawn up, a partnership agreement with other bodies could be sealed or possible bids for funding considered.
Cllr Hall said it was one step at a time, but the plans were moving forward. He said the track was un-even before it was relaid and that Vale Royal Athletic Club members had struggled to train in winter as one third of the track was in darkness.
He said: 'The track has been refurbished and the council has put the top surface on.
'We once had three lights at the track, two of the very old ones have been taken down and one decent one, which has been there about two years, is remaining but it will be joined by nine others. It is all ready to go but we just need planning permission.
'The next stage is that I am doing a report for the social review committee in January. That will be concentrating on all the facilities and we are looking at developing Knights Grange as a whole, not just the athletics side. We need to look at perhaps a strategic partnership to get it off the ground.
'We have already formed a users' group and that will be seeking what people want and their aspirations.
'It could completely transform it, everyone wants to do better and we need to provide facilities to those who can't use them.'