Berkshire news Row continues over controversial Berkshire 3G pitch plan PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - Some are "appalled" by the plans and others say that the children should be given a voice
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Plans to install a 3G sports pitch at a school in Berkshire continue to prove controversial. Some have said it would be a "waste of money", whilst others are adamant that it would "bring many benefits to the community". Maiden Erlegh School in Earley was selected by the council as an appropriate site for the pitch. WBC says that there are more than 524 football teams in the Wokingham Borough area and a demand for new facilities. A public consultation was held by Wokingham Borough Council (WBC) in September, which allowed members of the public to voice their opinions about the proposed 3G pitch. Since then lots of people have come forward with complaints, while others support the idea. READ MORE: Neighbours 'appalled' at Wokingham Council building 3G pitch at Reading school during cost of living crisis The council says the proposals "would allow students to use the 3G sports pitch all year round, enhancing children and young people’s health and wellbeing." At an executive WBC meeting on Thursday, October 20 a group of concerned people who live nearby posed questions to the council and brought placards with them to protest the plans. Sandra Spencer said that she was "appalled" at the plans and Libby Newman said that there would be "incalculable costs" in terms of environmental pollution. Others however disagree. Rich Jarvis has shown his support for the pitch and will be asking the council a question about it during an executive meeting on Thursday, November 24. He said that the negativity the pitch has received is concerning. Mr Jarvis said: "I would like to open that I am very much fully behind the introduction of the proposed 3G pitch at Maiden Erlegh and believe it will bring many benefits to the community. I’ve lived in Earley for most of my adult and family life and have seen the positive impact sport has had on our neighbouring communities, such as Woodford park (new 3G pitch).
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. I am very concerned on the negativity this project is getting from so-called local residents. I for one am local to it (7 min walk away)."Just looking back to the recent pandemic, one thing that helped all of us and everyone’s mental health was sport and activities. Children living in Earley need a voice and feel that if they were allowed to, most would vote hugely in favour of this project. My question is how would you promote the 3G pitch within the community and get it to work in harmony with the school?" Wayne Cannon seemed to agree and said people in the Lower Earley area shouldn't be forced to use facilities in Woodley and Wokingham. He said: "Lower Earley has around 31,000 people as residents. The only recognised football club in Lower Earley is Laurel Park [by recognised I mean offers football for all age groups from under 7s to under 18s for girls and boys]. "The club supports its local community. Why are we now forced to use training facilities away from our area in places such as Woodley Wokingham to name a few and offer training at times that no one else wants ie 2100 - 2200 hours [when kids should be at home] "The local residents should be supporting the club and in offering the best for their community. Clubs that are far smaller in areas with much less people have better options than we currently do and this needs to improve for the future of the club and all involved." Wokingham Borough Council says that it needs to build this pitch as there is a demand for the facility. In September two drop-in evening sessions were held for people to ask questions. Read next: Berkshire historic buildings, and infamous Broadmoor Hospital at risk of disappearing forever Berkshire bridge among most-bashed in Britain Temporary lights set to cause week of delays on Reading road 450-home development could transform part of Berkshire village Pub replacing Loch Fyne in Wokingham announces opening date following three-month renovation
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