A play area in Elswick, Lancashire, is under threat of closure due to some dangerously damaged security fencing.

The village's only sports pitch could be shut down if the parish council is unable to secure funding for the beleaguered site. Despite the authority vowing that it will contribute £20,000 and a further £5,000 from the Local Strategic Partnership the fence has been declared a health and safety hazard.

Elswick's multi-use games area (MUGA) is very popular with youngsters around the village and is used by people playing football, netball and tennis over the summer months.

It is believed that the site will only open during the warmer months and then be shut over autumn. However, with the likes of Euro 2012 and Wimbledon coming up in June and July they will no doubt encourage more people to play sport in the sun.

Councillor Paul Hayhurst told the Blackpool Gazette: "The fence is in such bad condition there are wires sticking out and the pitch will have to close if we’re not successful. It is vital to the community it remains open."

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