The time it takes to clear leaves and debris from the synthetic multi-sports pitch at Glen Park in Surfleet has been halved.
The purchase of a leaf blower and vacuum have been enabled with donations from Surfleet Parish Council (£1,000) and the designated members’ budgets of district councillors Sally Slade, Liz Sneath and James Avery (£250 each), and Jane King, Bryan Alcock, Angela Harrison, Angela Newton, Roger Perkins and Gary Taylor (all £100 each).
Over £3,000 was raised to buy the machines which will help maintain the astroturf pitch in tip-top condition. It is now used every week by 40 hockey and football teams and described by Sport England as “one of the best in the country”.
Councillors Avery, Slade and Sneath have also used £900 of their designated budget to help Spalding Hockey Club, who train and play at Glen Park, to buy pitch dividers as a training aid.
The club’s Fred Morris said: “The dividers were made by Alec Rowbottom’s Surfleet-based company, Admiral Display, and they have done an excellent job.
“They were then painted in our club colours by Mbe (Fabrications) Ltd, of Quadring, and have been used at every junior and senior training session since we got them.”