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Upgrades planned for football ground which has suffered vandalism

A raft of upgrades to facilities could be implemented at a football ground if plans are given the go-ahead.

Darlaston Community Recreation Centre in Hall Street, Darlaston

Walsall Council planning officers are currently considering a proposal for a number of changes to be made to Darlaston Community Recreation Centre in Hall Street.

The ground is home to FC Darlaston who currently play in the West Midlands Region League 1.

Among the proposed changes include repairs to a stand which had suffered vandalism and metal theft, the erection of a fence to ensure people need tickets to see a match and new floodlighting.

Planning officers at Walsall Council are expected to make a decision on the proposal in August.

Agents G & G Building Consultancy Ltd said: “Our client leases the site from Walsall Metropolitan Council for the exclusive use of the site.

“The site comprises of open land (football pitches) and the clubhouse, containing a function room, toilets, changing rooms etc.

“The upgrade to the present facilities, is (an) erection of fence across the head of the drive, so that ticket entrance is required by spectators wishing to see a match.

“Construction of a path around the main pitch where spectators can stand. Reinstatement of the canopy to the terrace stand. We understand that the original stand was vandalised and removed for scrap metal (and) erection of new flood lighting.

“We believe that planning permission in respect of (the fence and path) is not required.

“We suggest that the reinstatement of the terrace canopy is a repair. The canopy, as previously, will be at a lower level than the boundary fence.”