IT COULD all soon be kicking off in Clayton-le-Moors and Altham after plans to provide a five-a-side football pitch at the Burnley Road recreation ground came under the spotlight.
Months after the idea was first raised, members of the Enfield Residents' Association have discussed the details with councillors and civic leaders.
The pitch would be open to anyone who wanted to use it and Clayton councillor Janet Storey said: "I think it's a brilliant idea. When I was last in office in April 2002 the consensus was that everyone wanted it. Costs were assessed and then for some reason it went out of the window."
Money set aside by housing developer Barratt will be used to finance the pitch and Altham councillor David Myles said residents' views were essential.
He said: "We would certainly like to see this happen. I don't believe in just setting something up without discussion. We need to involve people because it's their park.''
He said £200,000 was left over from Barratt's contribution to the community after it was given permission to build the Sefton Farm Estate.
However, a decision can only be made once Lancashire County Council returns costings on the creation of a mini- football pitch for Mount Pleasant School.
Councillor Myles said: "They are saying it could cost £100,000 for the school pitch but I really can't see it being that much.
Because we are an increasing population in Clayton and Altham we need to provide extra facilities. But money could be spent on a park at the Field Bottoms Estate too."
No decisions have yet been made regarding the pitch's surface, but there may be unwanted implications if astroturf was chosen.
Councillor Tim O'Kane said: "With a grass pitch you need to consider drainage but with astroturf we may need floodlights, and in terms of juvenile nuisance lights can attract unwanted people. It's a material consideration."