SUNDAY league footballers could finally have toilets and better changing rooms after plans were put in for facility improvements on Meols Park.
The planning application is the latest in a long campaign for better toilet and changing facilities on the park next to Meols Cop high school.
And it is hoped the improvements will be made by the start of the football season.
Funding to the tune of £75,000 was granted back in February.
At the time, a Sefton Council spokesman said: “We recognise the need for investment on the Meols Cop site to support outdoor physical activity and sport, and have set aside £75,000 for the provision of new toilet facilities.”
Now proposals have been submitted to the council, which include removing the changing block near Janes Brook Road.
The other block will be refurbished with a new changing block and a new toilet block attached.
Around 400 adults and children use the fields, which were the breeding ground for top players Dominic Matteo, formerly of Liverpool, and Everton’s Jack Rodwell.
But a lack of toilet facilities force footballers to urinate against trees and fences, and children had to be taken across busy Meols Cop road to use the toilets at Homebase.
The plans for the windowless changing blocks, which will have to be considered by planning chiefs before they are approved, are a dramatically scaled-back version of a £1.4m plan put forward by KGV college and Meols Cop high for state-of-the-art sports facilities.
The cash for that project was going to come from the Football Foundation, Sefton PCT and Sefton Council.
But a £1.4m overspend on the Southport cultural centre left the council with little choice but to withdraw the majority of their £382,000 of funding. All that was left was £75,000 for basic facilities.
But former cabinet member for tourism and Kew ward Cllr Mike Booth, said he was still “really pleased” progress was being made.
He said: “Finally we are actually getting something. It is not as good as we would have hoped but with the cuts they could have taken all the money away so this is something to be pleased with.”