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Ground Maintenance

The 2012/3 season is now behind us and the Maintenance Group is turning its attention to preparing the ground for August and the new season.

In our last report we listed the items we could deal with and those needing outside assistance. Of the latter the Physio’s roof has been re-covered and just needs the facia boarding replacing and the issue with the trees on adjacent land causing damage to the car park wall has been taken up with the relevant owners.

With regard to the items we felt able to deal with in house the following progress has been made:-

  • a) the standing water issue in the Dressing Room has been resolved.
  • b) the girders in the North Shed Stand have been prioritised to be dealt with as a matter of urgency over the next 2 months – replacing the plywood boarding is not an option at this stage but we will need to repaint at least some sections of it.
  • c) the Garage has been cleared out, unfortunately the cold weather and other unforeseen urgent jobs i.e. the Supporter’s Bar step and damaged Scoreboard have meant the roof has not been done but this will be attended to over the coming weeks.
  • d) the First Aid Hut, as I’m sure you are all aware, has gone ready for a new Clubhouse, the final clearance is on-going and there is a fair amount of debris remaining behind the Hubert Place wall but this will be done as a close season job.
  • e) there has been substantial clearance of the land behind the Main Stand and Changing Rooms – unfortunately approaches to Myerscough College received no response at all so we need to look elsewhere regarding the tree husbandry.
  • f) the Players Tunnel walls and caging are listed for close season attention.
  • g) the Gent’s and Disabled Toilets and the floor areas in the toilet block still require decoration and this is set into the close season planning.
  • h) the Wheelchair Shelter is also set into the close season plans.
  • i) the damaged Scoreboard has been reconstituted – it is a bit like a jigsaw but is functional.
  • j) some ground clearance has taken place outside the ground to the North and East but this will probably require further attention now the growing season is upon us – brambles be warned.

This sort of work is by nature never ending, you finish one job and another pops up to take its place, but although progress has been slow it has also been steady and a close season push will hopefully see us maintaining that progress.

The final plans for the close season are nearing completion and it is hoped to post a ‘call to arms’ in the next ten days so keep an eye on the website and if you can help in any way please come along to the ground.

Where next?

Call To Arms - June 2013 The 2012/13 Season is over but there is no rest for the wicked, preparations for next season are alr

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