FUNDING needed to redevelop Knight’s Grange Sports Complex has been given a welcome boost by Winsford Town Council.
The council has pledged £20,000 towards a new athletics track – stage one of a huge redevelopment of the site on Grange Lane.
The track upgrade was identified as the number one priority in the masterplan by current users and affiliated clubs.
Cllr Nick Harris, chairman of the town council’s finance committee, said: “We’re proud to be the first funding partner to commit itself to a financial contribution towards the refurbishment of the athletics track at Knights Grange.
“This scheme will be a great asset not only for the people of Winsford but for the wider community of Vale Royal.”
Plans for new athletics facilities include a synthetic track, a hammer and discus cage, space for field sports and 10 floodlights, costing an estimated total of £585,129.
The athletics upgrade is stage one of a five-stage process, which includes a new golf driving range, a community pavilion and changing facilities and floodlit tennis courts.
The bill to complete is put at more than £7m.
Knight’s Grange development committee chairman Les Hitchen says more funding is needed but the town council’s efforts are appreciated.
He said: “It’s good news they’ve come forward. We’re also hoping for funds from the boroughs Council, Vale Royal Athletics Club and Sports England.
“We’ve also been promised about £50,000 from Veola, a landfill company, but they’re waiting for the other main bodies to contribute before they commit. It’s a Mexican stand-off.”
The athletics track will provide much needed facilities for Vale Royal Athletics Club, whose members continue to win national honours despite training on the outdated shale track. It will also help develop talented school pupils.