Work on our new ball court commenced on 21 January. One of the first jobs was to lay a ‘tank track’ from the car park to the site so materials and equipment could be delivered with sinking axle deep into the ground.

Ryan and his team from Lightmain, the contractor, have been battling the elements since they started, with waterlogged ground being the main problem. Councillors Albert Barnes and Charles Lilley are overseeing the project for the Council.

Despite the horrendous weather they are managing to keep on schedule and hope to have the ball court ready for use by mid February.

The project to build the ball court arose from a request from Eccleston Young People’s Centre, who asked the Parish Council whether something could be provided for use when the field is too wet to use. The Young People attended several meetings of the Council’s Open Spaces Committee, which oversees projects of this nature, and visited other ball courts in the area to provide the Committee with ideas. Also at the meetings were local residents who had some concerns regarding the time the court would be used until. They were reassured that the lights will be on a timer, controlled by the Council, which would switch off by 10:00pm and this was put into the planning application and has been added as a condition of the planning approval. Chorley Council has committed £77,000, in funds received from developers towards the cost.

We are now hoping for an improvement in the weather to keep everything on track!