Multi-use sports facility comes to Langport next month

Somerset County Gazette: Simon Martin. Simon Martin.

TWO years of fund-raising will come to reality when work on a sports facility starts.

The recreation field in Eastover, which currently holds an old double tennis court, will be transformed into a facility that can cover football, tennis, basketball and netball.

A committee, chaired by Julie Worthing, has been working for two years to raise the £133,000 and Cllr Simon Martin, who is on the committee, said it has been a long tiem coming.

He added: “There is at present nowhere locally for youngsters to enjoy such a facility and it is going to be a great asset to Langport and Huish Episcopi.

“It is hoped it may help reduce antisocial behaviour in the town, as it is commonly felt that most of this is caused due to boredom as there is nothing to do at present. Football and running clubs have already expressed an interest in using the facility on a regular basis and we also hope schools and youth clubs will be involved, too.”

Planning has been approved and the construction will begin on February 11 with an official opening in March. It will be floodlit during winter nights until 9pm.

Sport England provided £50,000 of the funding and South Somerset District Council gave around £30,000 along with contributions from Huish Episcopi parish council (£5,000), Langport Town Council (£3,000) and private donations from fund-raising efforts.

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