School wants top-class sports facility

PUBLISHED: 13:00 28 December 2012 | UPDATED: 13:29 28 December 2012

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A WESTON school, whose sports facilities have been closed because of safety concerns, wants to redevelop the site.

Broadoak Mathematics and Computing College has submitted plans to North Somerset Council to build two new outdoor sport pitches to replace the tennis and netball courts which are damaged beyond repair.

It wants to build a large artificial all-weather pitch and a smaller macadam-surfaced games court to the rear of the Windwhistle Road site.

Headteacher Shelagh Pritchard said the redevelopment was essential with the existing courts out of action because of safety concerns. Currently, students have to plays their sports fixtures away at other schools.

She said: “It will benefit students and the community because we are making sure it will be open to the public too.

“Although the school is relatively new, all the outdoor facilities are older. We have tried and tried to repair them but it’s no longer worth it.

“Our outdoor facilities are not good enough at the moment.”

The school has liaised with councillors and residents over the plans, especially with the installation of three 10m and eight 15m floodlights, which will ensure the courts can be used all-year-round.

Ms Pritchard said the pitches would be further away from homes than they are at the moment and no neighbours had raised any concerns with the school.

As the Mercury went to press, no objections had been received by North Somerset Council.

Moving the pitches further away from the houses would also mean they are closer to the school’s changing rooms.

The project is expected to cost ‘in excess of £200,000’.

The school is hoping to receive a grant from the academies capital maintenance fund, which would raise around half the money. If its funding application fails, the school will foot the bill, although Ms Pritchard said the plans may be slightly scaled back as a result.

The proposal will be debated further by councillors in the new year and, if approved, work could begin next summer.

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