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Flash confirms bad news over pitch

Created on 27/11/2019 @ 18:38
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Freedom Leisure and Powys County Council have confirmed the news that we broke this morning about the artificial pitch at The Flash facing long-term closure.

The pitch has been out of action since the downpours earlier this month, but word reached us overnight that it could be closed “for months” with the damage more severe than first feared.

And unfortunately, our worst fears were confirmed tonight by Powys County Council, who own the pitch, and Freedom Leisure, who manage the facility on their behalf, saying that it will require major work.

The joint statement in full:

“The artificial turf pitch (ATP) at the Flash Leisure Centre, Welshpool has been closed as a result of flooding which saw significant water and debris affecting the surface following a failed surface water drainage system on land adjacent.

“It had been hoped to re-open the facility quickly after cleaning and repairs had been carried out but an inspection on Monday (November 25) revealed the damage to the ATP sand bed was irrevocable.

“Powys County Council and Freedom Leisure are working together to see how the problem can be resolved as soon possible. However, it is likely the pitch will need a full replacement sand bed, this is a large specialist project which will take time to complete and will be weather dependant.

“We apologise to all users of the pitch for this closure and the inconvenience of this. However, we are doing all that we can to keep the length of closure to a minimum. Regular users have been informed of the closure and we will provide regular updates on the project. Once work is complete, we are confident that the facility will be open to the community all year round.”

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