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Proposals for an all-weather 3G football pitch (Astro turf) at Crossford Bridge playing fields in Sale will be discussed at a residents consultation.

Trafford Council is continuing to work in partnership with the Crossford Bridge Management Association (CBMA) to improve the facilities at the site and is consulting with local people for a third time to gather their opinions.

If more improvements are planned this would result in a loss of green space which in the past was protected by a ‘Greener’ sounding Trafford Labour run council, this contradicts everything they have said previously.

The CBMA are keen to look at the idea of installing the full-size fenced off pitch the furthest site away from homes at the top of the site near the M60 motorway on the pitch currently used by Old Altrinchamians FC.

Trafford Council is in discussion with the CBMA and the Football Foundation over the proposals and is keen to keep in consultation with local residents and business owners to see what they think. Two constructive periods of consultation have already taken place.

A further face-to-face consultation will take place with residents at Crossford Bridge on July 7, 2022, from 6.30pm-8pm. The event is a drop-in event, therefore, residents can attend the event at any time between 6:30pm-8pm to discuss the proposal with representatives from CBMA and Trafford Council. Residents can also give their views here https://trafford.citizenspace.com/people/crossford-bridge-3g-pitch . The consultation page will be live from the 8th July until July 17.

Cllr Jo Harding, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Strategic Partnerships, said: “The Council has been in close consultation with the CBMA on the proposals and we are now seeking the views of the local residents for the third time.

“We want to know exactly what you as residents think and we will of course take every view into account when coming to our decisions. Residents can always be assured that they will be consulted with at every step as we continue discussions surrounding these proposals. We want as many resident as possible to provide us with their views on this proposed application.”

The Council also wants to protect the site through a Fields in Trust ‘Deed of Dedication’ and will be providing a long-term lease for Crossford Bridge meaning it is protected.

A spokesperson from the CBMA said: “‘The CBMA are keen to continue our close relationship with local residents and the community and want to hear your thoughts and questions on this potential project.

“We are working hard to create improved facilities for all on the site whilst also ensuring the protection of the much loved and needed green space by working with Fields In Trust to protect the site in perpetuity.”