Funding to secure parish field

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A church parish council and a school governing body are celebrating after raising enough money to put new fencing around the neighbouring parish field.

The field at St John Vianney’s parish centre on Glastonbury Avenue, Blackpool, has been a target for vandals with trees damaged, broken bottles dropped, dog mess and numerous other incidents.

At one stage, the field was even used as a route to break into the parish centre and school.

These incidents meant the field has only ever been used sparingly.

Now, thanks to new funding from the National Lottery and ward councillors, Coun Eddie Collett and Coun Alan Matthews, they can finally begin work to create a new secure fence next year.

Chairman of governors and parishioner, Cathy Butterworth, who applied for the funding, said: “I am so grateful to the National Lottery and our local councillors for awarding us these grants.

“As it currently stands, the field cannot be used to its full potential and that is such a waste of a prime site of green land.”

Councillors Collett and Matthews pledged a donation of £8,000 from their ward budget. The National Lottery Awards for All programme awarded £10,000.