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Clijah Croft Playing Fields

This facility in Redruth provides a number of football pitches, changing rooms and access for informal recreation, and is Cornwall Council’s largest public playing field.

In October 2019 works are commencing to make them safe, following a number of areas were found to contain settlement, due to historic mining activity.

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The 6.5Ha Clijah Croft Playing Fields in Redruth contains 5 football pitches, but two have been unusable since the discovery of suspicious areas of settlement in 2018. The works involve stripping back earth to a 500mm depth and laying a reinforcement grid to restore two senior pitches and a junior football pitch. The soil drainage quality will be improved in the process. In other parts of the site with former mining problems, where neither capping nor reinforcement is possible, new woodland will be created within fenced enclosures, which not only have ground stabilisation, visual and wildlife benefits, but it also contributes to the Council’s aims to tackle climate change.

With other local sport provision in the schools & colleges already experiencing high demand, and with the level of housing growth expected in the area, Cornwall Council have made it a priority to conserve the facility for future generations. It is recognised that the sport & recreation benefits are increasingly vital to the health and well-being of our communities, and suitable land that is sufficiently level is limited in the local area, as is the case in Cornwall in general.

The scheme will take place on two out the 3 fields, and  is seen as the first phase in the remediation of the overall playing fields. It will not affect the two match pitches nearest to the car park and the changing facility. Cornwall Council has made the Phase 1 funding available in a capital budget for Mine Shaft Capping on Environmental Assets. The works are planned to take place from October 2019 to February 2020, and are being managed by Cormac Solutions Ltd. Additional design development is to take place early on, which will involve consultations with the sports clubs and some residents affected.

It is likely to be necessary to restrict access to large areas of the site for temporary periods, and it is hoped that visitors will be understanding that this is unavoidable. We will make efforts to direct people to other accessible areas during these times.

The playing fields are located within an intensely mined area. Predominantly it comprises the principal mine sites of Wheal Wentworth and Clijah Croft Mine. By the end of the 19th Century it was being worked as Perseverance Mine. By the 1960’s one sports pitch had been constructed near the southeast corner. Sometime later the site was used for landfill and then entirely re-developed into the three fields on different levels, as we find it now. Home to a number of clubs including Redruth United and Four Lanes FC, the land also serves as an important public open space to residents in the southeast of the town.