�2.5million new sports complex

TWO day care centres for adults with learning difficulties could be sold to help pay for a �2.5million facility in Worle.

The exciting project, proposed for the Worle Community School site off Redwing Drive, would include an artificial turf pitch with floodlighting, as well as a fitness gym, dance studio and multi-purpose sports room.

The William Knowles Centre in Winterstoke Road, Weston, and Banwell Pottery in West Street, Banwell, are set to close and their services moved to the new complex by September 2012.

Charity Brandon Trust runs the day care facilities for about 40 adults with learning disabilities and would transfer to the new site if the plans get the green light.

The Banwell centre is currently leased but the William Knowles Centre would be sold and the proceeds would go towards the Worle sport and care facilities.

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North Somerset Council, which is behind the plans, says it will consult with users of both centres over the proposed move.

It says the William Knowles Centre is old and no longer fit for purpose.

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The council’s executive will be asked to decide on Tuesday whether to press ahead with the plans.

A report to be presented at the meeting by council leader, Councillor Nigel Ashton, says: “This project provides a unique opportunity to provide these services in a cost-effective way, while making annual savings.

“The project envisages provision of enhanced sports facilities, which would be made available to both the school and the community and a modern, fit-for-purpose location for learning disability services, which would benefit hugely from being community-based and integrated with other services.

“It has been recognised by the council for a number of years that there is a large shortfall of community sports facilities in the Worle area.”

The facilities would be available to the school and community and would also include indoor and outdoor changing rooms, a reception area, caf� and meeting rooms.

The council added in its report that the school sports facilities are not sufficient as they stand and some are beyond their useful life. By combining services at the new site it estimates a saving of �92,000 a year.

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