Plans for artificial grass pitch at Spilsby Playing Fields on old games area

New plans have been revealed to build an artificial grass pitch on Spilsby Playing Fields for football, tennis, basketball, and hockey. The proposed play zone will be located on the footprint of the existing multi-use games area (MUGA), which council documents indicate has reached the “end of its design life.”

As a result of the existing area deteriorating, its perimeter walls and fencing have had to be demolished. Submitted to East Lindsey District Council, the plans for the new pitch also include the installation of a high-level fenced enclosure, as well as replacing and relocating the floodlight systems along the sides of the pitch.

It’s said that the new play zone’s opening times can provide 96 hours of use across multiple sports categories. However, usage will be capped at 50 hours per week.

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“This proposal will not result in the loss of any usable grass playing fields and the location does not disrupt any of the existing pitches and play areas on the site,” wrote the developer, Spilsby Recreation Ground, in its planning documents.

“This intensification of use is made possible by the introduction of an artificial grass surfaced field of play which is more durable in comparison to natural turf, especially during winter weather conditions, plus the replacement of existing floodlights with new modern LED Pitch lighting.

“The proposed pitch allows the community to train throughout the year when they can’t always play as will avoid close season maintenance works which is a common post-season requirement for fine sports turf.”

This isn’t the only redevelopment work being done in Spilsby. After East Lindsey was awarded £8 million in Levelling Up funding in October 2023 for its heritage assets, the Spilsby Sessions House was also earmarked for improvements.

The funding is being used to redevelop the venue into a creative and cultural hub. The restoration of the building will create a range of spaces for cultural and educational activities, including a new flexible performance space, a new community and education space, a new function room for community events, and a new bar, cafe, and gallery.