Community to benefit from school’s £1.2million sports hub
PUBLISHED: 15:00 05 June 2014
A WORLE school’s new £1.2million sports development will also be opened to the public, leading residents to demand more cash support from the council to encourage ‘community spirit’.
Priory Community School principal Neville Coles told members of the North Worle Forum the Priory Sports Village should be open by October and the community fitness suite within will be available to the community.
The academy has received funding from central Government to help pay for the complex and will contract out the running of the centre to a private company, generating revenue for the school.
Mr Coles said: “We need 400 members to break even and will be open to the public during the day. We (the school) will have limited use during the day.
“We will welcome additional funding. We are in negotiations with companies, and they will have to run the business in accordance with our expectations.”
The first phase - the changing rooms for students - will be open this month.
Mr Coles said the development is being headed by the academy’s director of finances and business services Martin Kerslake and hopes this portion of the development for the public can develop a community hub.
North Worle Forum member Martin Painter said: “I think community spirit is lacking.
“I do feel the town council needs to start thinking we all pay our rates and what are you doing to support local initiatives? As far as I can see there are a couple of dog bins. I think that is woeful.
“The town council really needs to say ‘how many thousands of people have we got in North Worle and what are we doing to help them provide community spirit?’”
Weston town councillor Jan Holloway added: “We are only a small parish council.
“The indication is to take on more responsibility for Weston and the surrounding areas but it comes down to that awful word - money.
“The majority of North Worle is run by North Somerset. We have stopped public conveniences being closed and hope to gradually take on more and more responsibility.”