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Archaeological digs are underway at the proposed Farington cricket site

View from Farington towards the Pavilion – Artist’s impression Photo: Lancashire County Council

Archaeological work is underway at the site of the proposed Farington Cricket Facility in South Ribble to find any historical artifacts or remains.


Work began on Tuesday 15 November and is being carried out by the University of Salford’s Department of Archeology as part of the site development application.

The aim is to see if there are any historic remains on the site, before any development proposals can be agreed.

Several large trenches are dug to see if there is anything of archaeological interest at the site. On-site work is scheduled until Friday, December 23, followed by a written report.

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The dig is part of the planning process for the request for a new high quality sports facility in the heart of the county.

Led by Lancashire County Council, the proposed development for Lancashire Cricket will bring together elite and community cricket at one site in Farington.

County Councilor Aidy Riggott, cabinet member for economic development and growth at Lancashire County Council, said: “People will see digging at the site from this week. This archaeological work will help us understand the history of the site and the region.

“This is an important step in the planning process, so that we can check for historical artefacts, or remains of archaeological interest, which would be affected by the proposed cricket development.”

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The development would create new jobs at the facility itself and during the construction process – in addition to new training and skills opportunities.

Owned by the County Council, the proposed site in Farington is along the A582 Farington Road, on the west side of Stanifield Lane, and a short distance from the M65 and M6.

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The proposals have been designed with sensitivity and care to respect the green belt setting, preserve the open and green setting and protect the amenity of neighboring residents.

New tree plantings, landscaping and green spaces will provide an attractive setting and screen local properties.

The planning application, which has been submitted for the proposed cricket facility, can be viewed on the County Council’s planning portal.

To find out more about the plans, visit the Lancashire County Council website.

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