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 Post subject: Council Pitches
PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:47 am 
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What's people experiences of dealing with local councils when booking council run/owned pitches for the season and their openness to agreeing to any club requests i.e. long term plans for pitch improvements?

We're having a hard time getting any sort of response from South Tyneside Council regarding the use of their facilities and one particular pitch that already has a fixed barrier. It's almost as if they have no interest in clubs using and maintaining their facilities and even less interest in wanting to help clubs progress.


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 Post subject: Re: Council Pitches
PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 12:14 pm 
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You've almost answered your own questions I'm afraid.

Improving playing surfaces means more work and higher costs for councils


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 Post subject: Re: Council Pitches
PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 3:50 pm 
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Agree Falcon but when you see half decent council facilities when you play away in North Tyneside it begs the question whether South Tyneside Council are bothered at all in promoting/helping local clubs.

We're looking to work in conjunction with them and hopefully be able to self-fund any improvements (which would have to be approved by them first) but we can't even seem to get a pitch with the facilities that meet the league's criteria at the minute (bar one which is reserved for a Sunday side, who are allowed to do their own maintenance on it, something we would be looking to do). There's a fair few sites in S/Shields that have the potential to be good little set-ups but we cant even get through to anyone who runs the admin for pitch bookings let alone any of the decision makers who we'd like to discuss long-term plans with! Other privately owned local set-ups with the required facilities are either taken already by other teams or grossly overpriced!


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 Post subject: Re: Council Pitches
PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 1:31 pm 
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Pitches in Gateshead are horrific in some cases. Birtley welfare is in shocking condition. Not all to do with the council but Vadalism is rife . Some idiots though it good to pull wheelie bins onto the blue Star at Wrekenton pitch and set fire to them. Left the pitch in a right state

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 Post subject: Re: Council Pitches
PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 7:04 pm 
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Wheres all these millions going that gets ploughed into "grassroots" football.


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