Sport complex dream up 
and running

PUBLISHED: 09:00 02 July 2011

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AMBITIOUS plans for a world class centre of sporting excellence, complete with an athletics facility and multi-use sports pitches, have been revealed for the first time.

Developer Derek Mead, head of the Weston-based Mead Group, has unveiled a scheme for 200 acres of his land between Locking Parklands and the M5 junction 21.

The proposal, which has been presented to North Somerset Council, includes a covered sports academy providing coaching and facilities for a wide range of sports.

Built on 30 acres of land, it would fill a major gap in athletics provision in Somerset by providing the first running track in the county.

The centre would form part of a major development plan which also includes an industrial estate and a waste recycling plant converting household waste into gas.

Mr Mead is currently in talks with North Somerset Athletic Club and Academy about what should be included at the centre.

He said: “I am a Westonian and I know Weston is in desperate need of some modern sports facilities – this could be the answer.

“We hold a large parcel of land where we think the centre of excellence for sports would be most suited and I have contacted the council with my plan. It could form a centre for the up-and-coming housing community in the area, giving people of all ages easy access to sport.”

Head coach at North Somerset Athletic Club and Academy, Chris Millard, said ideas for the site included indoor sports such as badminton and martial arts to outdoor athletics and family fitness schemes.

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