Contractor appointed for games area backed by prosperity fund

Published: Tue 31st October, 2023

A contractor has been appointed to create a multi-use games area (MUGA) in Birstall which is being supported by the Government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

The MUGA will be created on School Lane Playing Fields and will be used by residents for a range of activities.

Birstall Parish Council is leading the project and has appointed Ten Construction Ltd.

The project is receiving £150,000 from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and is one of 10 projects chosen by Charnwood Borough Council. The Council has been allocated £4 million from the fund to invest in communities, support local businesses and improve skills.

Cllr Jennifer Tillotson, Charnwood Borough Council’s Lead Member for Economic Development, Regeneration and Town Centres, said: “I am delighted to see this project progressing as the multi-use games area will be a great asset for the Birstall community. Now the contract has been awarded, we look forward to seeing work start on the facility.”

Birstall Parish Council Vice-Chairman Tony Fowler has been campaigning for many years for a MUGA. He said: “I am really pleased we have been able to secure the funding as this is a facility the community really needs.

“We were very impressed with the design put forward by the contractor, particularly as there was a focus on making this games area very accessible for people of all ages and abilities.”

The MUGA will be located in the central area of the playing fields and will be available to use for football, basketball, cricket and a host of other activities. It will also include games that can be played by people of all abilities.

Charnwood Borough Council is backing 10 projects across the borough utilising the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

They include extending Jubilee Hall in Anstey, regenerating Sileby Memorial Park and Pavilion, expanding sports facilities in Mountsorrel, backing a three year youth support programme, improving the wellbeing and skills of young people as well as regenerating Shepshed’s Market Place.

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