Proposals have been unveiled for a new floodlit 3G artificial sports pitch at Haslingden High School and Sixth Form.

The £1m investment aims to enhance facilities for the school and the community.

Headteacher of Haslingden High School Russell Clarke is now appealing for people to take part in a public consultation so that the proposed new facilities can meet the needs of the wider community.

He said: “What is proposed will make a huge difference for Haslingden High School and Sixth Form as the new facility will benefit a variety of sports and with it being floodlit it will have uses beyond the school day, not just for our students but also for the local community.”

The new sports area will aim to improve provision for women and girls; work with culturally diverse communities and engage with people who have long-term health conditions and disability users. 

Haslingden High School and Sixth Form said it is working with a variety of other sports bodies to secure support and funding and needs to evidence the need for the pitch and the many benefits it will bring to the whole community.

Mr Clarke said: “As a school we need to demonstrate that the development we are proposing has the support of the wider community.

“We want to meet with local organisations so that they understand our aspirations, can see what the pitch will look like and how it can improve facilities and opportunities for everyone and the benefit it will offer their organisations.”

An online questionnaire has been launched and anyone with an interest in the development of the facility and potential future users is encouraged to complete the form.

A link to the consultation is on the first page of the school’s website and responses are needed by Thursday, November 30.