WORK on a new 3G pitch in Llanfyllin will start next month.

Powys County Council and Freedom Leisure confirmed the start date for the work at Llanfyllin Sports Centre on Friday (July 29).

The new pitch will be suitable for football, hockey and a number of other outdoor sports for the community of Llanfyllin and visitors to use.

It will replace the outdated sports pitch at Llanfyllin and as part of the works, an improved floodlighting scheme will also be installed.

Pave Aways Ltd have been appointed the contractor to install the pitch and floodlights, with the work anticipated to be completed by July.

Cllr David Selby, Cabinet Member for a More Prosperous Powys, said: “I’m delighted that work to install a new 3G pitch at Llanfyllin Sports Centre is to start shortly.

“This development demonstrates our continued commitment to provide high-quality, inclusive and fully accessible leisure facilities for all communities in Powys.

“It is also another great example of partnership working between the council and Freedom Leisure.”

Cllr Pete Roberts, Cabinet Member for a Learning Powys, said: “One of the aims in the recently updated Strategy for Transforming Education in Powys is to improve the learner entitlement and experience.

“The new pitch, which would enhance the facilities at the centre, would help the council meet this aim. Not only would members of the community benefit from this new pitch, but it would also provide an all-weather surface to help learners improve and enhance their sporting prowess and their wellbeing.”

Gwyn Owen, Freedom Leisure’s area manager for Powys, said: “The new 3G pitch will be hugely beneficial for all our customers in Llanfyllin to remain as active and healthy as possible and a fantastic incentive to encourage greater outdoor participation for all within the community.”

The project is part of a programme to improve facilities across the county, providing positive benefit to the health and wellbeing of Powys communities.

In the next phase, the council is looking to discuss the potential development of a pitch in Llanfair Caereinion with key stakeholders including representatives from sports club, the local school and community leaders.