Club’s fears for future at Worden Park

There have been parking problems in Parkgate Drive for years - but the dispute is coming to a head now
There have been parking problems in Parkgate Drive for years - but the dispute is coming to a head now
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A children’s football club is worried about being booted off Worden Park following complaints from residents about parking problems.

The chairman of Leyland Albion Football Club, Richard Garrett, has told of his concerns that a long-running dispute could end with the youngsters not being allowed to play at the popular town park.

He said: “At the start of the season last September, South Ribble Council told us that a new part of our contract meant that we could no longer park on Parkgate Drive.

“It doesn’t apply to the ‘away’ teams though, and I think they still park there, so the council keeps getting complaints.

“The council has now threatened to cancel our contract if this carries on, meaning we won’t be able to play there anymore.

“It’s a massive worry, because we have nowhere else to go. If we get thrown off, it will be to the detriment of the children.

“It will mean me having to tell 120 kids that they can’t play football with us anymore.

“It’s all getting a bit out of hand.”

South Ribble Council’s cabinet member for Neighbourhoods and Street Scene, Coun Peter Mullineaux, said: “We’ve worked closely with residents and football teams on this issue.

“The pitches are a very important and popular part of the park and we wish to make full use of them.

“But, in doing so, we also try to make sure that residents are happy and undisturbed by users of the park facilities.

“In response to residents’ concerns, every football team that uses the pitches at Worden Park signs a contract which includes an agreement not to park on Parkgate Drive.”