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Conwy Council to debate waterlogged Llanrwst pitches

As with many other areas in the town, junior football pitches are victim to serious flooding - the pitch on School Bank Road has been described as unplayable except during very dry periods.

Following heavy rainfall concerns have been raised about playability during stretches of prolonged wet weather.

The field - used by more than 100 Llanrwst youngsters - does not benefit from a dedicated drainage system and relies on the natural fall of the land to drain the ditch along its south side.

Chris Williams, from Llanrwst's senior team, said: "I know the juniors have nowhere to play. It is important they do as that benefits the senior side."

One local affiliated with the football club did not wish to be named but said flooding has been a problem in junior football for a long time.

"As a result of some drainage work undertaken elsewhere a couple of years ago there was a deposit made on the field. That resulted in the football pitch not being able to take the rain water. Because the drainage hasn't been suitable it has been impossible to use the main field for a long time," they said.

"We are used to flooding in Llanrwst but something needs to be done here."

The pitch is used by approximately 100 youth players - nine youth teams from under-18s downwards, each with around 15 to 16 players.

Today, Conwy Council will discuss the possibility of supporting further drainage work in a meeting at Bodlondeb.

A report states: "It should be remembered that 2012 has been one of the wettest summers on record. Anecdotal evidence confirmed the pitch has always suffered from poor drainage and former pupils of the school have stated that often their games periods were cancelled due to the wetness of the pitch."

To improve the playability of the pitch it has been recommended a consultant is commissioned to carry out soil and fertility tests. It is expected the cost of producing a condition assessment together with a cost estimate would be in the region of £3,000."

The report added: "The cost of further improvement works will depend entirely on the consultant's findings. The estimated cost of providing a dedicated drainage system for the junior pitch and the two smaller kickabout pitches would be approximately £150,000."

In 2008 the lower part of the pitch was used as a contractor's site for Afon Bach flood alleviation work. The club then requested the council use excavated material to level the pitch. At the time there were warnings the field relied on its slope to aid already poor drainage."

Further improvements were carried out in 2010 at a cost of £10,000.

The pitch on School Bank Road was formerly shared with the former secondary school. When the school was relocated the community became the sole users with a lease being granted for a period of 25 years.

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