A major sporting development in St Helens costing £1m has been rubber-stamped by town hall chiefs.
Cabinet chiefs signed off the Ruskin Drive project, hailing it as a “marvellous facility for the town”.
Work is set to get underway in August at the Dentons Green sports complex.
It will involve a massive upgrade to existing facilities, new changing rooms, a third generation rugby pitch, improvements to the tennis court and bowling green, a drainage system installed on the cricket outfield and the creation of 150 new car park spaces.
Council leader Barrie Grunewald said: “I’m delighted that this plan, for what will prove to be a marvellous facility for the town, has come to fruition.
“Whilst it has been a long time in the planning, this was a commitment this Labour administration gave and we are now delivering it.
“It will be a huge boost for sport and for the development of St Helens and will help even more young people in the borough get active.”
Funding for the scheme comes from Sport England and the Football Foundation.