Work to begin on £2m sports hub

Padiham-based Readstone Construction is set to begin construction of the £2m Accrington Stanley Community Trust sports hub this month.

The project is scheduled for completion early next year and is designed to increase participation in sport within Hyndburn, providing equal opportunities and raising awareness of key health incentives.

Miles Parkinson, leader of Hyndburn Borough Council, said: "The giant temporary sign, which was put in place this week has already gained attention from local people and businesses and is a symbol of the great things to come, showing the public visuals of the completed site.

"It's a very exciting time and we are counting on the support of local residents to assist us in making the construction as seamless as possible."

However, the council also acknowledged that the project hadn't been plain sailing so far.

"We are aware that vandalism to Readstone Construction's equipment has happened since the fences were erected," added Miles. "It is disappointing that individuals have acted this way, we really do want to emphasise the fencing is there for safety and security, to protect children and residents from the imminent construction work."

The giant temporary sign is a symbol of the great things to come.

Martin Fearon, CEO of Accrington Stanley Community Trust, is urging businesses who want to sponsor the new development to get in touch quickly.

"We are a non-profit registered charity and have seen rapid growth over the last few years. In the last 12 months over 17,000 people have engaged in our projects and we have invested over £400,000 into the community. We predict over 150,000 visits per year to the sports hub, for a wide range of activities alongside sport, such as education and events.

"We rely solely on grants and sponsorship to deliver this vital work. The community sports hub development is a great opportunity for local businesses to get involved and give back whilst raising their own brand awareness."