Luton Rd Sports Field is used by Barton Rovers and Barton Rovers Youth Football Clubs, it is 17 acres of green open space currently set out as 11 football pitches along with a changing pavilion.
These facilities were originally built using s106 money to compensate / enhance the village on the back of the Grange Rd estate village extension development some years back.
The site has been further enhanced by grants from The Football Foundation and The Lottery Fund to build the pavilion and also install vital drainage.
Central Bedfordshire Council want to concrete over this green space with 166 new houses as part of their Local Plan
There are NO proposed relocation sites being put forward by Central Beds, they are relying on developers to provide an alternative site!
Barton Rovers and Barton Rovers Youth currently run 22 teams that use the pitches at the Sports Field.
This affects over 300 registered players, ranging in age from 10 years old to adults.
If this development goes ahead, without a full and complete replacement of the facility, then 300 children will lose their football club, as well the loss of valuable accessible open space for the enjoyment of the community.
Other local organisations that use the facility include Ramsey Manor Football Club, who traditionally stage their annual football festival on the pitches.
The Chiltern Youth Football League use the facility for their end of season cup finals days, which attract dozens of teams of all ages from all over the area.
The Bedfordshire Youth Football League have also staged their cup finals at the facility.
This will not only affect the people of Barton, but will affect football teams from all over Bedfordshire, who will lose access to a fantastic set of football pitches.