Green light for new artificial pitch at Chipping Norton

(Published on 24/01/2019)


A leisure centre multi-use games area will receive a major upgrade after contractors were appointed to install an artificial turf pitch.

The new sand dressed pitch at Chipping Norton Leisure Centre will replace the existing Tarmac surface which has reached the end of its life and will meet the growing and more varied needs of residents.

West Oxfordshire District Council has appointed sports construction specialist S&C Slatter following a competitive tendering process.

The council will spend more than £85,000 on the project with work due to be completed by the summer.

The appointment of S&C Slatter was approved at the Council’s Cabinet meeting on 16 January.

Cllr Jeanette Baker, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Health, said: “This will be a fantastic, modern facility which will lend itself to a whole range of sports and activities.

“It will be of great benefit to leisure centre members and pupils at Chipping Norton School over the course of many years.”

Last year Cabinet members approved an investment of £100,000 for the all-weather pitch which will be sourced from section 106 developer funding generated by a residential scheme in the town. The remaining funds will be used to buy new sports equipment.

A further £10,000 will go towards the gym improvements which will also receive £144,000 of funding from the council’s leisure facilities operator GLL Better.