No kick-off in sight at new home of football

Following ground works the pitches are expected to be ready by mid to late October PNL-140109-122958001
Following ground works the pitches are expected to be ready by mid to late October PNL-140109-122958001

The protracted wait to have adult football based at Astral Park looks set to continue for the foreseeable future, the LBO understands.

Last September local adult sides were forced to postpone friendlies as players began to report injuries after large cracks in the surface of the field appeared.

It was hoped that the £1.5m Astral Park sports and community centre would be able meet a shortage of pitches in the town following its opening in March 2014.

Work took place on the pitches and they were expected to be fit for purpose last October, though this never came to fruition and adult football remains scattered around the town.

The stretch of land in question, which is known as ‘Astral Park plus’, is currently in the hands of Central Beds Council and will be transferred over to the town council once problems with the surface are fixed.

Leighton-Linslade Town Council has made it clear that it wants Astral Park up and running ‘as soon as practicable’.

A spokesperson told us: “There are slight teething problems between CBC and the town council on how we make sure it it will be good for many years to come and will not be a liability.”

CBC councillor Brian Spurr added: “There are maintenance issues with the Astral Park pitches but we are working with Leighton Linslade Town Council to find a satisfactory resolution. Discussions are due to take place next month where all available options will be explored.”