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Marine plan to install 3G pitch

Marine have announced that they plan to install a 3G pitch at the Marine Travel Arena this summer.

The Northern Premier League North West Division club have also shared plans to widen the entrance to the car park, add a community garden, and remove the current metal fencing on the frontage to College Road.

Electric vehicle charging and cycle parking will also be installed, along with additional disabled parking and two free parking bays.

Marine say they have carried out a letter drop to around 400 local businesses and residents as part of the planning consultation process.

The club said as part of a statement: “There are currently no full-size enclosed floodlit 3G pitches in Crosby. The new pitch will give that facility to the community, and the club will be linking with our partner community groups for them to use on an affordable basis.

“The benefits in getting people active and improving physical, social and mental health are immense and will be available to all within the community. The club appreciates that the stadium is in a residential area and the usage will increase after the installation of the pitch, should planning be granted.

“There is, however, a significant level of usage already during the season on Saturdays and most midweek nights – the club will look to reduce any impact from additional floodlight usage by only using the system’s lower lux settings wherever possible, and will not be changing the lamps or requesting any use beyond the current switch-off time of 10.15pm. Most of the additional use will be during the day; the club propose 9am to 10pm usage with lights off by 10.15pm at the latest.

“The majority of users will be community partners (schools, youth teams etc.) who will arrive and leave in organised transport or on foot where possible. All users will be requested to keep noise (use of whistles and general noise) to a minimum but the club do recognise that residents in the immediate vicinity of the ground may hear this.

“The club do, however, feel that the minimal effect of this will be far outweighed by having a fantastic new pitch within a short walk that will be a much-needed facility for all.”

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