‘Grass up Pinhoe pitch vandals’ plea as barriers protecting recovering football surfaces are booted over

Residents have been urged to blow the whistle on vandals who kicked over fencing protecting football pitches recovering from a £150,000 upgrade in Pinhoe, Exeter.

The city council has had to bring in extra barriers after the existing panels were given the boot and damaged at the weekend.

Surfaces at Pinhoe Station Road playing fields will be out of action for around a year after they were refurbished and underwent a drainage revamp.

They are expected to be ready for the 2021/22 season.

Exeter City Council has urged people to remain vigilant and report any vandalism to police.

Councillor David Harvey, lead for environment and city management, said: “We’re trying to improve the local facilities and for the work to succeed we need people to keep off the pitches whilst the turf beds in.”

The project, funded from developer community cash, has seen the size of the senior pitch increased to meet FA requirements.

Improvements have also been made to the junior playing surface.

The site is currently used by Pinhoe AFC and Pinhoe Spartans Junior Football Club.

Many home matches have had to be played elsewhere as drainage issues meant the pitches become waterlogged easily.

The main pitch has been reprofiled so that it gradually slopes gradually down to a brook, with sand put down and drainage carried out underneath.

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