FA to contribute to £650,000 new football pitch for Northamptonshire village

DDC and the FA have backed funding an artificial pitch similar to this for Moulton
DDC and the FA have backed funding an artificial pitch similar to this for Moulton

A new artificial football pitch proposed for Moulton is being backed by the FA to the tune of £350,000.

The proposals for Moulton envisage a new ‘third generation’ artifical pitch close to the current Moulton Magpies grounds, but on land controlled by Moulton School.

A funding package for the site was discussed by Daventry District Council, which needs to find £300,000 to go along with the FA money.

The package includes using £257,000 in cash generated for the council from the Northampton North Sustainable Urban Extension. The remaining £43,000 DDC hopes will be provided by Moulton Parish Council from the community infrastructure levy (CIL) it will receive from new homes being built, but as a last resort DDC may use some of its CIL money.

Cllr Alan Hills, community, culture and leisure portfolio holder, told DDC’s strategy group: “The FA has met with the council and is fully supportive, and is committing £350,000 to the scheme.

“From my experience I know Moulton Magpies FC is a well established and well run club.

“I feel on balance this is good for Moulton Magpies, it’s good for the community, it’s good for the council’s own strategic goals, and it will be good for the future growth of Moulton as well.”

Cllr Colin Poole said: “At the very worst this council will be £43,000 out of pocket – although it’s far more likely to be zero pounds – but for that we will get an all singing, all dancing third generation pitch.

“This is certainly the way forward.”

The councillors were told the new pitch would be expected to last between 15 and 20 years, and even when it had to be replaced, only the playing surface would need updating, and so would cost significantly less than this scheme where the foundations, fencing and other aspects are all having to be funded as well.

Some councillors raised concerns over the parking situation, with the funding proposal saying it would be provided at the school site.

Cllr Alan Hills admitted there was work still to be done on that aspect, but matters such as that and any environmental impact, would be examined in detail when a planning application is submitted.

The funding deal was recommended for approval by the councillors.