Push Continues For New Pitch

Saturday 30th March 2013

In April 2009, we reported that Carmarthenshire County Council had agreed to the sale of the former Ministry of Defence land in Llangennech and had included a clause that would see a new football pitch developed for the village.

It then emerged that the land designated for the new facility was not in fact big enough to accommodate the full size football pitch desperately needed by Llangennech AFC.  The new owners of the land were also keen for us to find somewhere else to develop the new facility and offered to assist the project financially in return for relinquishing the right to buy a section of their land for £1 before May 2014.

Many alternative sites were looked at.  Some were quickly dismissed and others looked promising until hopes were again dashed by searing costs or other objections.

The football club now has twelve teams, seven of which play their games on a full-pitch.  Penygaer Playing Fields in Llanelli is currently used for the overspill of games as Llangennech only has one pitch currently suitable for hosting matches in the Recreation Ground.  In the 2011/12 season only 43% of our home matches were played in Llangennech and that figure looks set to further decrease this season.

At a special meeting on Monday 25th March, Llangennech Community Council instructed the Club to look again at the sports field at Llangennech Junior School giving that proposal their full blessing.  The two County Councillors for Llangennech are also fully behind the club and have promised to do their all to assist the project.

The School will hope to benefit from a new car-park that will alleviate traffic worries at the start and end of the school day, as well as use of an improved sporting facility that will be levelled, receive new drainage and be re-seeded.

We have so far received expert advice on the scope and cost of the works involved and have passed this information on to Llangennech's County Councillors, Gwyn Hopkins and Gwyneth Thomas, as well as the Headmaster of the School.

The Councillors will meet with Officers of Carmarthenshire County Council on Thursday 25th April and it is hoped that a positive decision will be reached to allow the project to proceed.