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New £2m Carlisle football complex could create 30 jobs

Thirty jobs could be created with the development of a £2 million football complex near Carlisle city centre.

Rome Street, Carlisle, photo
The site of the former gasworks in Rome Street, Carlisle

Plans have been submitted to revamp land formerly housing a gasworks to develop a centre including nine all-weather floodlit pitches and a pavilion containing changing rooms and a sports bar.

The blueprint, for vacant land at Rome Street, has been drawn up by a firm that runs sports centres in Glasgow, Newcastle, Dundee and Inverness.

Ian McDermott, director at Glasgow-based Soccerworld, said it had to go before planners but he hoped to see the development finished by spring next year.

It would have eight five-a-side pitches and one seven-a-side pitch.

Mr McDermott told the News & Star the development would involve an investment of nearly £2m, adding: “Playing five-a-side is probably Britain’s favourite pastime.

“We’ve got a centre in Glasgow and a centre in Newcastle and I drive by Carlisle all the time. We’ve always been keen to come to Carlisle and we’ve been trying to get a good site.

“It’s very near to the city centre and close to the central station.

“There are lots of small businesses around it.”

Options already available in Carlisle to recreational footballers include pitches at the Neil Sports Centre at Brunton Park, the Richard Rose Central Academy and at Caldew School at Dalston. But this move would be a massive investment that would shake up the city’s sporting provision.

The planned pavilion would feature a sports bar and male and female changing rooms.

There would be car parking on site.

The development also features plans for a children’s party room. The five-a-side pitches would measure 30 metres by 20 metres and the seven-a-side pitch would be 40 metres by 25 metres.

“The bar would have all the Sky Sports,” added Mr McDermott. “Jobs would include management jobs, reception jobs, bar jobs and maintenance jobs.”

The plan has been submitted to Carlisle City Council.

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if you look at the plans (rtfm) you'll see the plans don't affect the listed gasholder

Posted by martin on 17 May 2014 at 10:47

Is it just me or does the artists impression not quite clearly show this would be built in the shadow of the gas frame? Not sure what the area is like but pretty certain they will have carried out the feasibility study and have plans of which they already state will hold a club house, changing rooms and car park! I have played at the goals centre in Glasgow a couple of times and it's spread out over a similar scale.
Great idea and as About Time said have you tried booking other facilities. Plus with it being a dedicated 5a side centre it will be maintained unlike a lot of the facilities in town with broken nets and the like! Why no roof? Because football is an outdoor game for braving the elements come wind rain or shine!

Posted by Ron on 17 May 2014 at 08:59

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