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Vale Football League demands council make "Vital improvements" at Colcot Sports Centre


The Vale of Glamorgan Football league and almost 1,000 residents are calling on the Council to make vital improvements at Colcot Sports Centre in Barry.

The league, which has a long-standing history in the county features 23 local clubs and says the centre is one of the most used sporting facilities in the county, with hundreds of children and adults using it every week.

Despite high usage the league says that the facilities have been left to rot and allowed to become unsafe and unpleasant following years of neglect.

The leagues is now more than 2 fixtures into the new football season and to date, hasn't had the use of working showers, whilst match officials and referees are forced to use the ladies toilet as a changing room.

Speaking to Bro Radio's Vale this week, Vale of Glamorgan Football League Chairman Mark Harvey said "The leagues been going for donkeys years, I've been involved nearly all of my life from playing, managing, refereeing and now the chairman - as for the league, we have come to a stumbling block with the Council, because they won't maintain the sports centre - so I decided on the weekend to put a petition online and I've had quite a good response."

"The sports centre is the main facility for all of the Barry teams and we have no facilities up at the moment. The changing rooms are usable, but there is no running hot water, the toilets are just about usable, there are no showers, no boiler - its hardly manned, its not good."

When asked about the impact the facilities are having on local teams, Mark said "At the moment, they don't want to use it. They are moving elsewhere and we are loosing teams because of the facilities. We are trying to grow the league and its just not happening, because our main centre for it, is just not there anymore."

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has told the league that the showers at the centre will be working in the next four weeks, however the leagues chairman says he'll "believe it when he sees it".

Vale of Glamorgan MP Alun Cairns has said that he has "written to the Vale Council to ask that these issues are addressed as a matter of urgency, as the current state is unacceptable."

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has been approached for a comment.

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