£60,000 for village sports

PUBLISHED: 08:00 14 October 2010



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NEARLY £60,000 is to be spent on creating a state-of-the-art sports court at a troubled Worle site - and it could be completed by the end of November.

Castle Batch is set to benefit from the multi-use games area (MUGA), featuring football, cricket and basketball facilities off Magdalen Way.

To help youngsters access the fenced-off court, near the children’s swings, there will be two new footpaths created across the grassed areas, as well as a footbridge over the ditch.

North Worle Local Action Team (LAT) chairman Peter Hardaway said: “This is fantastic news.

“It is 18 months in the making.”

A total of £40,000 for the MUGA has come from the Big Lottery Fund, with £16,000 from North Somerset Council out of the developers’ money pot and there is also cash for some new seating.

Castle Batch has attracted a number of reports of antisocial behaviour at LAT meetings over the past few months.

It also lost out recently on £25,000 when the budget for the national Playbuilder scheme was cut and the decision whether to remove the play pod from the area is also expected to be taken this week.

At Monday’s LAT meeting residents raised concerns that children may kick the ball against the MUGA’s fencing and make a lot of noise.

But Mr Hardaway reassured them that the fencing was soundproofed.

He added: “We hope that this will be completed by the end of next month and we will have a launch to celebrate.”

The launch is planned for December 11, from 11am at the community centre.

Mr Hardaway hopes that schools will sing carols and all residents can take part in some festive activities and have food and drink.

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