QUESTION marks have been raised over the future of a long-time Aberporth sports venue after it emerged the Ministry of Defence are planning to sell the land.

The Tivy-Side has learnt that the MoD, who own the site at Parcllyn, are looking to sell both the Sports Field on Hillside Road and the children’s play area alongside the former social club which closed last year.

The Sports Field has been the home of Aberporth Football Club since World War Two and the club’s nickname ‘The Airmen’ acknowledges their long links with the former Royal Aircraft Establishment.

But now local county councillor Gethin Davies has voiced fears that the final whistle may be about to blow.

“These two-and-a-half hectares of land could be lost to the community,” he said. “That’s something that must not be allowed to happen.

“Another concern is over whether Aberporth FC will be able to kick off the new season in September.

“I’d like to see Aberporth Community Council take over the Sports Field on a 25-year lease - action urgently needs to be taken to ensure it remains a community facility.

“I want to see Parcllyn rise from the ashes – and one way to do that is to secure the future of the Sports Field."

Aberporth FC chairman Rhys Evans said: “That land would make an ideal site for a multi-use sports area.

“Parcllyn has been having a rough time of things of late having lost both the village shop and social club and desperately needs something put back into the community.”