Shire take on phone giant Orange over pitch damage

East Stirlingshire chairman Tony Ford is unhappy at the damage caused to the Glensburgh pitches
East Stirlingshire chairman Tony Ford is unhappy at the damage caused to the Glensburgh pitches
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East Stirlingshire are taking on communications giant Orange after contractors for the company caused £12,000 of damage to the pitch used by the club’s youth teams.

The Shire moved their youth programme to Glensburgh, Grangemouth, last summer.

But the pitch is no longer playable after a temporary road made of metal sheets was put across it last week to allow diggers and trucks access to a phone mast that required to be removed.

The contractors left a ploughed up mess that the Shire have been told will take £12,000 to sort and are fuming by Orange’s actions with Shire director Tony Ford looking for answers from the company’s French chairman Stéphane Richard.

Ford said: “Players, coaches and parents spent hours last summer as volunteers getting the pitch and changing rooms into a useable condition. They did that as the council had no funding to do it and everyone was proud of the facility that was in place for our youth teams.”

“A lot of money raised by the parents was also spent on getting things ship-shape and now all of that work has been undone. We were not even advised that work was going to be carried out and I have been told that the council owners of the land were not informed either.”

“However what is more galling is that there were other access routes to the mast available and there was simply no need to go across the pitch. It was thoughtless and lazy by the people involved in my opinion.”

Ford added: “We are utterly appalled and horrified by this and the mess it has left behind. I am sure their chairman would be delighted if I ploughed up his house lawn.”

“I have contacted his office and willing to meet him at any time night to get answers.”