AN ONLINE petition has been launched to draw support from Anglesey council for a 4G facility in Holyhead.

After the recent news that the astro turf site situated at Millbank failed a safety assessment on eight out of 11 points, action has been taken in order to draw up possible funding for a state-of-the-art surface that will be beneficial for numerous sports sides and youth projects in the community.

The current astro turf facility was closed for “the foreseeable future” last month due to floodlight failure, with a drainage issue also causing significant safety concerns for those using the site.

Tom Scott, who started the petition, said: “Holyhead has a rich sporting history and is currently the biggest population on Anglesey dwarfing everyone else by nearly double.

“It is not viable for teams to use Llangefni or Bangor facilities on a weekly basis. With five senior football teams in the town and more in the local area, as well as other sports teams who are unable to train at the moment they would really benefit from an all-weather 4G pitch.

“More importantly, the main beneficiaries would be the youth of Holyhead and surrounding areas who are at the moment being deprived of a top class sporting facility to keep fit and enjoy physical activity during the winter months.

“Not only Holyhead youth teams but also Trearddur Bay, Valley, Bodedern would all benefit. Potentially thousands of kids would have somewhere properly to train and develop.

“Couple that with the fact that both the primary and secondary school in Holyhead is only a stones throw away it would have a massive positive impact on the school children to have a new facility to use.

“That would truly make Millbank a top-class facility and open it up to 1,200 children of all ages within walking distance. “ Almost 700 people have signed the petition within a matter of days in support of the proposal, which is a huge indication of the need for such a site in a town that is currently being “neglected”, according to Mr Scott.

“The fact that the local sports facilities have been allowed to get to a state of disrepair is a stain following the successful hosting of the Island Games football tournament and is quite frankly embarrassing,” he added.

“The whole community would benefit for years to come with a top class 4G pitch that would give the next generation a chance to fulfil their sporting ambitions and promote physical and mental wellbeing.”

Anyone wishing to sign the petition can do so here: