A bird’s eye view of Long Stratton football pitch work

Work is progressing on the 3G pitch in Long Stratton Picture: Clayton Hudson

Work is progressing on the 3G pitch in Long Stratton Picture: Clayton Hudson - Credit: Archant

Work on part of a major sports project for Long Stratton is nearing completion.

The floodlit 3G pitch, built on land belonging to Long Stratton High School, is being constructed to meet the demands of the existing community and the expected 1,800 houses to be built in and around the village.

Work on the artificial grass pitch is almost complete with all construction expected to be finished next month, with an official opening being planned for early January.

The pitch will be available for clubs, schools and the public to use.

Clayton Hudson, South Norfolk Council cabinet member for stronger communities and leisure, said: 'This is a fantastic opportunity for the local communities to get involved in sport and keep fit and healthy.

'The new 3G pitch is the next step in our investment in leisure facilities across the district supporting the health and well-being of our residents.'

The project was expected to cost £400,000, but savings in the cost of construction has meant that additions such as LED lights have been added that are environmentally friendly and cheaper to run.

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The pitch is part of a £2.5m scheme that is seeing South Norfolk Council, Long Stratton Football Club, the parish council and Long Stratton High School work together to provide a multisport hub that will include a new pavilion at Manor Road playing fields and the redevelopment of the leisure centre.

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