Hyndburn Council has submitted a request to Fields in Trust to gain consent for the Accrington Stanley Community Trust Sports Hub development at Higham Playing Fields.

Fields in Trust, formerly the National Playing Fields Association, was founded in 1925 by King George V to provide local outdoor open spaces for sports, recreation & play. Fields in Trust has an involvement in over 2,700 sites throughout the UK. All these sites are locally managed, but Fields in Trust have an overarching role to ensure that the purpose of the site remains for sports and recreation for local communities.

The application is being submitted to Fields in Trust to let them know about and seek their views on the proposed multi million pound investment into Higham Playing Fields which will improve facilities and create the sport hub proposed by Accrington Stanley Community Trust.

Miles Parkinson, Leader of Hyndburn Council; said; “This is a wonderful development for the Borough. We’re very pleased to be making this proposal to Fields In Trust, as the enhanced provision of sports and changing facilities at Highams will be a great facility for everyone. It will be open for all to use, suitable for all age groups and a great bonus for future generations too. “

Martin Fearon, CEO of Accrington Stanley Community Trust said “this is the next stage in the Sports Hub development after gaining planning approval in December 2017. We consulted with Fields in Trust back in March 2017 to share our ideas and to ensure it was something that fits in with their criteria and we’ve continued to communicate with them over the last 12 months. We’re really looking forward to strengthening our relationship with Fields in Trust and creating a fantastic facility for the Hyndburn community to enjoy.’’

The process can take up to 6 months and a decision is likely during the summer months of 2018. Further updates will be announced in due course.

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Left-right: Tony Grimshaw OBE, Director of Wham; Purves Ali, Trustee at Accrington Stanley Community Trust; Jawid Hussain, Development manager for the Raza Jamia Masjid Mosque and Director of Nisiac; Ken Moss, Councillor at Hyndburn Borough Council; Miles Parkinson, Leader of Hyndburn Borough Council; Anne Ellwood, Trustee for Accrington Stanley Community Trust; David Keeley, Chair of Accrington Stanley Community Trust; Tony Dobson, Councillor and Vice Chair of Trustees for Accrington Stanley Community Trust; Martin Fearon, CEO of Accrington Stanley Community Trust.