Cricket club look to council for help with drainage

The flooded pitch at Heysham CC.
The flooded pitch at Heysham CC.

THE recently finished cricket season was something of a wash out for Heysham Cricket Club.

The Heysham-village based outfit have seen drainage problems make their pitch unplayable at times, even when the sun is shining.

And officials from the club feel that Lancaster City Council haven’t done enough to try and sort out what appears to be a blocked drain outside the ground.

Club chairman Dave Cunningham said: “It has obviously caused a lot of our games to not even start because the ground was so wet.

“We spent £10,000 putting a new all-weather pitch in, which is the nearest thing to the blocked drain. We’ve only been able to use that for junior development.

“There’s problems with ground maintenance as well. We can’t get the grass cut as the machines just sink into the ground. It’s dangerous for players.

“We need the income from the spectators in the summer for the winter. It puts us in a bad position for the future.”

The club feel they have identified the stretch of drain outside the ground and want the council to send a camera underground to get to the bottom of the problem once and for all.

See The Visitor (21-09-11) for full story.