Springfield Stadium pitch plan approved

Springfield Stadium Planners have approved a proposal to equip Springfield Stadium with artificial turf

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High-tech artificial turf is to be installed at Jersey's biggest football ground following changes to earlier plans.

The £500,000 '3G' pitch was proposed for Springfield Stadium last year and is backed by the Football Association in England.

In May, a planning committee rejected the proposal over concerns about fencing and a nearby play park.

Plastic pitches

  • Third generation or '3G' pitches are more realistic than older Astroturf pitches and look more like natural grass
  • The FA has allowed 3G artificial pitches in every round of the FA Cup from 2014-15
  • The new pitch is intended to be in place in time for the Natwest Island Games XVI, an international multi-sport event hosted by Jersey in 2015

The new pitch will prevent fixture backlogs caused by poor conditions.

Rob Duhamel, Minister for Planning and Environment, approved the revised plan following a site visit.

He said: "With the changes agreed, I am confident that Springfield Stadium will continue to offer an important community facility while catering for the changing needs of our sporting public.

"The creation of a 3G pitch will extend the stadium's use for a wide variety of community, sporting and schools users."

Phil Austin, president of the Island Games committee, said the decision provided clarity.

"It is a very important part of our island games planning," he said.

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