Burry Port AFC have completed the Asset Transfer of the football pitch at Burry Port Memorial Park. Club representative Kevin Francis contacted Llanelli Online and issued the following statement:
“Burry Port AFC has finalised the leasing of the Football Pitch at Burry Port Memorial Park from Carmarthenshire County Council.
“We have taken the lease for 99 years. This had to be done to ensure long term, sustainable and affordable football for future generations.
“This is not a decision we as a club have taken lightly. With the county council stating that from March 31st 2018 they would stop maintaining sports pitches in our county we had little choice.
“Drainage work will start on the Pitch in late May or early June c/o funding we have secured through Section 106 money allocated to Burry Port. We owe a huge thank you to County Councillors John James and Amanda Fox and to Pembrey and Burry Port Town Council for supporting our application for this funding.
“We now have two pitches and changing rooms totally under our control. All of the maintenance of these pitches and changing rooms will be carried out by Burry Port AFC and Burry Port AFC Juniors.
“The Park Pitch will still be available for use by the general public (except during periods when pitch maintenance is being carried out). As part of our Lease agreement the Club has had to purchase Public Liability Insurance on the pitches. This covers the public 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year, however any groups, clubs or schools requiring the use of the pitch will be charged a fee and will have to produce proof that they have there own Public Liability Insurance. The minimum level of public liability required from others will need to match or exceed our own and to be in place before they will be permitted to use the pitch.
“We will be enforcing a total ban on dog walking on both pitches. We understand that it is only a minority of dog owners that allow their dog to mess on pitches but the welfare of our players is paramount therefore this is an action we have to take.
“We have a lot of hard work ahead of us but that work will benefit our Town and its residents.”