Plans to hand over playing fields in Burntwood to a football club have been welcomed by a local councillor. The facilities at Hospital Road are being lined up for a community asset transfer to Burntwood Dragons. The move would see the junior football club – and its female arm Burntwood Phoenix – take over the running of the site on a long-term lease. The move has been welcomed by Cllr Doug Pullen, Conservative member for Hammerwich with Wall on Lichfield District Council. “These proposals safeguard the public enjoyment of the playing fields for our local residents, including the pavilion and the play area, whilst reducing the overall cost to both the Parish and District Councils,” said Cllr Pullen, who is also a member of Hammerwich Parish Council. The asset transfer forms part of Lichfield District Council’s bid to shed some of the financial burden on land it operates. The Hospital Road playing fields site generates £3,520 per year in income from sports clubs, but the local authority revealed that the cost of maintaining the site is around £16,000 per year. Cllr Pullen added: “This is a great example of what can be achieved when Councils work with other local community groups. “The public will be able to maintain year-round access to a superb local amenity, the council will make a cash-saving each year, while a local not-for-profit group will gain access to a more suitable site. “The fact that the proposed tenant works so closely with many different age groups, both boys and girls, is really positive for the local area.” Lichfield District Council’s cabinet will discuss the proposal at a meeting on Tuesday (June 2).