It's been a while, hasn't it? I've been grappling with my new portfolio, so haven't blogged since last Thursday, for which apologies.
As you may have seen in the Echo, an immediate issue in my in-tray in the Health and Leisure portfolio has been the number and state of football pitches around the Borough. Grassroots sport is part of the lifeblood of the town, and thriving amateur football leagues are a key element.
Changes over the years seem to have depleted some of the grounds in private hands - the Council has worked hard to ensure its provision is up to scratch. There are particular problems in some parks, however, and I've met twice with football representatives to see what can be done before the season starts.
Investigation work is still ongoing, but we will be investing in the Glebe Road playing field to allow for both 11-a-side and 6-a-side football to take place there. I'll post on further developments as they emerge.