Views sought on football project in Bury St Edmunds

People living in west Suffolk are being asked for their views on a new £2m community football project.

The scheme would include leisure facilities and a new ground for Bury Town Football Club on land east of Moreton Hall in Bury St Edmunds.

The plans are being put forward by St Edmundsbury Borough Council, Bury Town FC and the Suffolk Football Association.

A grant is being sought from the Football Foundation.

'Leisure opportunities'

Residents can give their views at two drop-in consultation events at Moreton Hall Youth Action Group building at Symonds Road on 27 and 30 September.

Lynsey Alexander, St Edmundsbury's cabinet member for culture and sport, said: "The project will be so much more than simply a replacement ground for Bury Town FC.

"It will add greatly to leisure opportunities for children and adults in the Moreton Hall area, and indeed the town as a whole, and provide wonderful coaching and development opportunities for the future.

"We look forward to hearing from local residents about this exciting new project."

In addition to a full size artificial playing surface and the relocated Bury Town Football ground, the project also includes changing and social facilities and a new player development centre.

There would also be new junior and mini-soccer grass pitches.

If the plans are backed by councillors the new football ground could be up and running by 2012.

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