Belgrave football area gets new hard-wearing surface

photo of areaFootballers of all ages who use the popular outdoor football area at Purbrook in Belgrave will now find the space even better after the laying of a new hard-wearing surface.

The games area was installed on the grassed area in Purbrook in 2009, following complaints from residents living nearby that children were playing football too close to their homes and kicking their balls into houses and gardens.

In response to the complaints, Tamworth Borough Council’s Community Wardens applied for funding to create the games area, which is far enough away from homes to prevent nuisance, while still giving football-mad children and adults somewhere to play in safety.

Originally, the area was just a space on the grassed area with goalposts and a retaining cage. Its huge popularity meant the grass became worn and muddy and in 2011, a rubber safety surface was laid, allowing the play area to be used all year round and in wet weather.

The surface has been repaired a number of times in the past six years and regular repairs became economically unviable.

Earlier this year, letters were delivered to all residents living near to the football area, telling them that it was to get a new hard-wearing tarmacadam surface. The new surfacing has now been installed and the play area reopened to footballers.

Andrew Barratt, Corporate Director of Growth, Assets & Environment, said: “The football area is extremely popular and has had a lot of wear over the years. It got to the stage where it didn’t make sense for us to keep spending money on repairs, so we decided to replace the surface with tarmacadam, which is very hard-wearing and will not need as much maintenance.

“The games area is now open again, looking brand-new and we hope that the new surface will allow people to use it for years to come.”