Welcome car parking expansion at Moss Side

Phil Roberts of Leyland Warriors Rugby League Club at Moss Side
Phil Roberts of Leyland Warriors Rugby League Club at Moss Side

Major parking problems around the Moss Side Playing Fields are set to be a thing of the past, as plans are now in place to create a 128-space car park.

There is currently only room for 26 cars to park at the site, which caters for the Leyland Warriors Rugby Club and other users of the fields, such as horse riders, footballers and anglers.

As part of an ambitious £330,000 scheme to open the site up to community use, with new sports pitches and multi-use tracks for cyclists and dog walkers, the rugby club has secured funding for a huge expansion of the car park.

Chairman Phil Roberts said: “This will make a tremendous difference, because at the weekends, cars are literally double-parked down Moss Side Way all the way up to Slater Lane.

“There can be up to 20 cars for every junior game played here, and we usually have between four and six games at the weekend. It’s a health and safety issue really.”

The project is supported by the Leyland My Neighbourhood Forum, and the rugby club was granted a 25-year lease of the fields from South Ribble Council last year, to allow it to bid for funding.

The Ulnes Walton Bridleways Association also has a big part to play, and has just opened up a new multi-use bridleway around the site.

Mr Roberts said: “Stage one was to sort out the lease and improve the sports pitches, as well as create the multi-use track. The car park is stage two, and after that, we’ll be looking at building a new sports pavilion. It’s really gathering pace now.

“At the moment we’ve got an old Redrow Homes sales office which we use as a cafe, and that will stay, and we’ve also got a brick building with two changing rooms.

“We need more than that though, and the sports pavilion will sit alongside those to provide two more changing rooms with showers, and a small club house area where the teams can enjoy hotdogs and chips after the game.”

Another idea is to bring a children’s play area to the site, which Mr Roberts says is still very much on the cards, and funding bids have already been submitted for that.