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Parsloes Park set for new £7m football facility

PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 October 2018

Artist's impression of the new Parsloes Park football facility. Picture: essexfa.com

Artist's impression of the new Parsloes Park football facility. Picture: essexfa.com

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Plans for a £7 million redevelopment of Parsloes Park are a step closer thanks to a £500,000 cash boost from the London Marathon Charitable Trust.

Artist's impression of the new Parsloes Park football facility. Picture: essexfa.comArtist's impression of the new Parsloes Park football facility. Picture: essexfa.com

The scheme, which could see work begin early next year if planning permission is granted, will see three 3G pitches built at the Dagenham site.

One of these will have stadium facilities to support a Step Five club - the fifth tier of non-league football - as well as eight changing rooms, a gym and a studio.

The project, known as Parklife, will cost £7,323,000 and aims to create a sustainable model for football facilities based around artificial grass pitches.

Development officer Sean Harris said: “Parsloes Park has a lot of history, with legendary England captain Bobby Moore growing up playing there, and it used to be a hub for football.

“Parklife will bring that back, with all football provisions being able to play under one roof.

“This project is hugely needed within the borough due to the low levels of activity and high levels of obesity.”

He explained that the scheme was currently at the Greater London Authority pre-planning stage, and that those behind the scheme were “hoping for good news soon”.

The next stage is to go before the council’s planning committee, with the intention for a decision to be made early in the new year.

Sean said: “The facilities will be accessible to all and affordable for the local community.

“The site will then also support facility improvements at others within the borough through the London Football Trust.”

The project will receive £1m of funding from Barking and Dagenham Council, £400,000 of which will be through a community infrastructure level. A further £350,000 from section 106 funding is to be confirmed.

Both the Greater London Authority and the London Marathon Charitable Trust will contribute £500,000 each, with the rest coming from the Football Foundation.

Councillor Darren Rodwell, leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, said: “This grant is very welcome news as it will make a significant contribution to bringing the park back into the community.

“The Parklife project will see massive improvements toward the football facilities and revitalised spaces for people to play sport.”

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