School playing field sales hit 3-year high as Johnson pledges £50m football pitch investment

The prime minister used a major speech on his “levelling up” agenda to announce £50 million in government investment in football pitches. It will ensure “we give new opportunity to the stars of the future and so that ultimately you are never more than 15 minutes away from a high quality football pitch”.

He also said levelling up could not be achieved when so many people “suffer from obesity”.

But the speech came just hours after newly updated official data shows 236 playing field sales have been signed off under the Conservatives since 2010.

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