Campaigners call to revive sports ground

NDET 27-7-12 BWJ 5 Queen's Park Annexe.
NDET 27-7-12 BWJ 5 Queen's Park Annexe.

Campaigners are calling for action at a run-down Chesterfield sports ground in a bid to cement an Olympic legacy.

Scores of residents have contacted the Derbyshire Times to complain about the “abysmal” state of Queen’s Park Annexe on Boythorpe Road.

NDET 27-7-12 BWJ 7 Queen's Park Annexe.

NDET 27-7-12 BWJ 7 Queen's Park Annexe.

The comments flooded in as council chiefs revealed they were carrying out a major review on the future of the once-popular site.

Formerly the training ground of Chesterfield athletics club, the site has descended into dereliction with out-of-date changing facilities, a neglected running track and rusty spectators’ benches.

Athletics coach Daniel Duke said his group has to train in Sheffield because of the lack of facilities in Chesterfield.

He added: “If Queen’s Park Annexe was developed properly, Chesterfield could have a top-class sporting complex which would leave a real legacy.”

NDET 27-7-12 BWJ 4 Queen's Park Annexe.

NDET 27-7-12 BWJ 4 Queen's Park Annexe.

Student Mathew Wilson, a member of Chesterfield athletics club, said: “Please relay the track – it would mean the world to us all.”

Tracey Winfield added: “It’s a crying shame as it could be such an outstanding sports annexe.”

Other residents blasted the ground as “shocking”, a “mess” and a “complete disgrace”.

Cllr Nick Stringer, executive member  for leisure, culture and tourism at Chesterfield Borough Council, said: “We’re currently undergoing a major review of all our leisure services and Queen’s Park Annexe is part of this review.

“We expect to have this completed in the autumn and the next stage will be to consult with residents to help set out the next steps on revitalising the leisure provision in the town.”