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Daisy Hill car park declared open

Tue 15th August 2017 | Daisy Hill
By Ian Templeman

Officials at Daisy Hill welcomed representatives from the Lancashire FA and the local Council on Saturday, to declare their new club car park officially open.

After a process that lasted around two years, the club secured funding of £40,000 to resurface the car park and the access road at the side of the pitch, with the work being completed at the end of last season.

Daisy Hill Secretary Bob Naylor said that they were delighted with the way in which the work has enhanced the access and parking at New Sirs.

"The project came about following a grading visit from League officials and the FA about two years ago", said Bob.

"The FA, who were at the front end on this occasion, said that the driveway down the side of the pitch shouldn't contain loose stones, and it should be a bound surface.

"As the car park was in a poor state, we decided "in for a penny, in for a pound" and we may as well try and get funding for the car park too.

"After overcoming a few hurdles, we managed to get the funding we needed from the Football Stadia improvement Fund, and from Viridor Credits, which funds community, heritage and biodiversity projects through the Landfill Communities Fund.

"Both organisations contributed £20,000 to the project, and the work was carried out at the end of last season.

"We believe the redevelopment has created an extra 15 -20 spaces in the car park, as the work also included the marking out of the parking bays, and some designated disabled spaces, which will ensure that parking is more controlled and better organised than it was before.

"Once the work was done, it was suggested that we invite local dignitaries and representatives from the Lancashire FA to come along and officially declare the car park open.

"It seemed appropriate to wait until the opening day of the season, and we organised the event before our game against Abbey Hulton United on Saturday.

"We were delighted to welcome Iain Kay, the Football Development Manager at the Lancashire FA, and Councillor David Chadwick, who sits on Westhoughton Town Council, and is also a cabinet member for Highways and Transport on Bolton Council, to our official opening ceremony.

"David has a long standing association with our club, because as well as living locally, he was a referee in the Bolton Combination League when we played in it, so he has been down here many times over the years.

"He has been coming down since the days when we didn't have a club house, only a pitch, and he refereed games here then.

"That being the case, it was nice to be able to show him the latest development undertaken at the club".

David said that he was delighted to see the work that has been carried out.

"I had some interesting matches here in my time and I know that Daisy Hill have always been a club that has tried to move forward and progress in the last 40 years that I have known them", he said.

"The club is a nice facility, out on the fringes of Westhoughton, and is the type of facility we want to preserve, because one of the problems in the area is we always have developers queuing up to build house on green belt land.

"So a community organisation like Daisy Hill Football Club is the type of facility we want to see moving forward.

"The car park last year almost resembled craters on the moon, it was full of potholes, so to see it how it looks now is brilliant".

Pictured below left to right are:

Graham Follows (Chairman, Daisy Hill), Iain Kay (Lancashire FA), David Chadwick (Westhoughton Town Councillor and Councillor for Westhoughton South on Bolton Council), Bob Naylor (Secretary, Daisy Hill), and Tony Riley (Committee member, Daisy Hill)


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