Amble is a football-mad town with a problem: It needs a level playing field, councillor Sam Palin told Amble Town Council last Thursday.
His plea for action has won over colleagues, who intend to seek out a site for a new pitch.
“Amble, being a football-mad town, does not have football facilities and it should have,” he told them at Thursday night’s meeting in the council office. “There aren’t many locations where a football pitch could be in Amble.”
He had made inquiries about the Lord Mayor’s Field, but probably two-thirds of it was leased by the county council for the caravan site. The leisure company had said it was not allowed to sub-let it.
He had inquired about using part of the industrial estate, but the county council did not wish to give up any employment land.
So, he was wondering about ownership of a field behind Lindisfarne Road or whether teams could play on the Braid.
His proposal that the town council raise the issue with the county was supported.
Town and county councillor Robert Arckless said land had been earmarked years ago for a replacement for Edwin Street school, which was now a century old but not likely to be renewed for a while, so that land might be a possibility.
“I agree Amble is football-mad and trying to have an appropriate range of facilities is a very good aspiration,” Coun Arckless said.
Coun Jane Dargue suggested combining a running track with the pitch.
A local teacher is taking keen young runners to train at Morpeth because there is nowhere closer.
Amble councillors who spent a day in school for Democracy Week recently were told by the children their greatest desire was a running track.