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Breathing new life into derelict rugby ground

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PLANS to breathe new life into a derelict rugby pitch with new changing facilities and floodlights have been submitted to Warrington planners.

The scheme – submitted by Warrington Rugby Union Club – involve the disused pitch in Bridge Lane, Appleton.

The rugby ground has been lying idle for years since the original clubhouse was destroyed by fire.

It has been plagued by anti-social behaviour and police are regularly called to deal with disturbances there.

According to the club, the existing floodlighting is no longer fit for use but the playing surface is excellent.
They plan to use the rugby ground for training and matches.

Warrington RUFC has about 350 members, from pre-school age to adults, from all over the borough.

Its main ground is at Warrington Sports Club at Walton Lea.

There are currently no buildings on the five-acre site but the club wants to provide basic changing rooms, using converted shipping containers, toilets and new floodlights.

The rugby ground is held on a long lease from Warrington Borough Council.

Warrington R.U.F.C. was formed towards the end of the 1922/23 season and its first full season was 1923/24 when two teams were fielded quite often.


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