Work to build a £2.4 million sports facility will begin today in Radcliffe as part of huge regeneration plans for the town.

The building of a new all-weather 3G pitch will start at Redbank Playing Fields and is expected to be completed by March next year.

The “tremendous new facility”, will include a state-of-the-art floodlit pitch, a changing pavilion with a club room and grass pitch improvements.

Work on the new pavilion and club room, with car parking, will start next month, October 16, and is expected to be completed by June 2024.

Cllr Alan Quinn, cabinet member for the environment, climate change and operations, said: “This tremendous new facility will play an important role in the wider regeneration of Radcliffe, bringing opportunities for local people to participate in football and improve their health, physical activity and wellbeing.”

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The project is being funded with £1.8m from the Football Foundation plus a further £600,000 from Bury Council.

The new facility will be operated by Radcliffe Football Foundation, a partnership between Radcliffe Juniors and Radcliffe FC with representatives from other key clubs and community groups in Radcliffe.

The project is part of the Radcliffe Strategic Regeneration, aimed at "delivering improvements to health, skills and employability, cultural engagement and economic recovery of the town".

Radcliffe Library to be turned into 'enterprise centre'

Earlier this week it was announced that plans are being drawn up to create an "enterprise centre" at Radcliffe Library.

The "flexible, multi-functional centre" would provide private offices and bookable "hot desks" to cater for 100 occupiers, according to the proposals.

The town's library, currently based on Stand Lane, is due to move into the new Civic Hub building which is being built as part of multi-million-pound plans to transform Radcliffe town centre.

The Radcliffe Civic Hub will also become the permanent new home for Radcliffe Leisure Centre, along with the new library and enhanced wellbeing services.