I have long been a proponent of high-quality, sustainable new sporting facilities - both for the professional clubs and for grassroots community clubs.
We will create a multi-purpose sports village that will provide high quality inclusive and accessible sporting facilities for both community and professional clubs that will be sustainable in the long term.
At the heart of the development is the proposed redevelopment of the existing football ground at Borough Park to create a new shared stadium for Workington AFC (Workington Reds) and Workington Town RFLC, replacing the outdated and deteriorating facilities at both Borough Park and the nearby rugby ground at Derwent Park - which do not meet modern standards and expectations and are costly to maintain. The provision of a new modern venue will support the aspirations of the towns two premier sporting clubs and will provide a sound foundation for the clubs to meet their aspirations to progress up the football pyramid and provide a Super League presence in West Cumbria.
The new facility will provide the clubs with an opportunity to explore a wider range of commercial opportunities including matchday hospitality, conferences and outdoor concerts. The new stadium will also be available for community use and sit alongside a new community facility based around a new artificial grass pitch with the potential to introduce additional facilities to support a range of other sports.
The new facilities are located close to the modern Workington Leisure Centre where a new outdoor events space and outdoor gym are being built with the support of accelerated funding through the Towns Fund, as well as the well-established cricket and bowling clubs. This combination of new and existing sporting provision will provide a hub for sporting excellence in the Lower Derwent Valley, that will serve both Workington and West Cumbria.
It is also proposed to provide further investment in the improvement of Council owned pitches at Moorclose and provide a satellite facility extending the reach of the project.
Politicians only support what they think is worth a vote to them.
This is a party that can only afford 1% for Nurses who have worked their socks off for the last 12 months, but can fund a new media room in Downing St at a cost of £2.6 Million, says everything about the integrity of Politicians. We wont mention the amount wasted in throwing money at Covid issues handing over millions to businesses that did not exist.
I wonder what the actual cost of the Stadium will be and who will fund a shortfall, ohyes it will be the Allerdale ratepayers.