Rangers reveal £1million plan

The proposed development by Clifton Rangers in Bailiff Bridge. The canopy has now been moved further up the field after consultation with the residents
The proposed development by Clifton Rangers in Bailiff Bridge. The canopy has now been moved further up the field after consultation with the residents

Clifton Rangers have revealed their £1 million plans for a new clubhouse and outside training facility in Bailiff Bridge.

According to the plans, which are expected to be submitted to Calderdale Council next month, there will be a kitchen, a lift, toilets, three changing rooms and storage. On the top floor there will be a function room.

The money will be raised through selling off assets already owned by the club, FA grants and fundraising.

Club chairman Chris Smith said he hoped the proposed new complex will be approved by the council by the end of this year, with an estimated completion time of three years.

It will be glass fronted at the top so parents can watch their children playing.

They plan to open up the entrance way and include additional parking to stop cars parking on the main road.

The training facility will be moved closer to Wyke crossroads where the trees are higher and there are fewer houses. The club originally wanted to put it within the trees but didn’t want to disturb the wildlife.

The facility will have a canopy the size of a house over it so it covers the younger children from the rain. Mr Smith said another reason for covering it is to restrict the amount of light getting out from the flood lights.

The area will be available to residents and dog walkers.

The club will keep its site at Clifton and Lane Head because they need different size pitches.

Mr Smith said this was the only available site in Calderdale: “We just want to get children playing sport.

“But we are struggling to accommodate them,” he said.