More than £12,000 released for pitch improvements

Fremington’s football facilities will soon be pitch perfect after receiving more than £12,000 in funding.

North Devon Council Executive agreed to release £8,400 of Section 106 funds – money paid to the council as a planning condition from large applications - for a project to improve the pitch at Beechfield Road, Fremington.

Additionally, Fremington Parish Council has secured £3,820 of Town and Parish (TAP) funding towards the project.

The proposed work includes new chain-link fencing, re-dressing the goal mouths, drainage work and installing two new goal posts, bringing the pitch back up to a playable standard. The facility is used by Fremington Football Club, which has two teams with 40 players. The space is also available for other community use and is kept open 24 hours a day.

Local ward member Cllr Frank Biederman said: “There’s a desperate shortage of pitches to support local junior and senior players, so these improvements will help raise the quality of our pitch, whilst helping to meet demand and the expectations of players.”

Fremington Parish Council Chairman, Councillor Rodney Cann, said: “There has been a resurgence in football in Fremington, but the pitch is in a poor state. So we’ve come up with a comprehensive plan to bring it up to a high standard, worthy of the people playing there.

“These funds provide us with an exciting opportunity to achieve this, with the parish council also allowing the club to convert part of the Beechfield hut into a changing area.”