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Pennycroft 'not affected' by A50 plan

By Uttoxeter Post and Times  |  Posted: August 01, 2014

By Richard Castle

Footballers at Pennycroft.

Footballers at Pennycroft.

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PROJECT bosses have quashed fears Uttoxeter could be left with just one community football pitch by revealing Pennycroft will not be ripped up to make way for new roads.

Community leaders had told the Post and Times they were worried the bottom Pennycroft pitch would go as part of the A50 Growth Corridor project.

This would have left the top pitch at the sports site as the only ground available for youngsters and Sunday league teams.

But bosses at Staffordshire County Council, which is running the project, have given assurances this was not the case.

Their assurances come after they refused to allow sports clubs to have any of the council's land at Mount Pleasant.

Mark Winnington, county council economy boss, said: "The proposed improvements to the A50 Growth Corridor will be carried out in two projects, through Projects A and B.

"Proposals for Project B to the east of Uttoxeter are still some way off and, while plans of course are subject to change, football pitches off Pennycroft Lane are not affected in the scheme as it stands.

"Our priority is now to focus on the planning application in hand for Project A, which if approved could see these essential improvements start on the A50 early next year."

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