WITNEY Town Council has denied claims that a football pitch on the Leys is set to close.

Rumours circulated on social media yesterday that the popular grounds were to be closed by the council, with many upset by the possibility.

However, town council leader Rosa Bolger has now said 'the football pitch on the Leys is not being closed'.

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The councillor added that the pitch is still going to be used for recreational use, however is 'no longer safe for events', which are periodically held there.

The council has been approached for a comment and is expected to release a statement tomorrow morning about the future of the pitch.