College bid to expand on to sport field space
THE public are to be consulted over a possible £4.8 million investment in a Stroud playing field.
People will shortly be asked their views of a South Gloucestershire and Stroud College proposal to provide classrooms, offices, meeting and changing rooms beside a new floodlit pitch at Stratford Court, opposite Stratford Park.
The 8.1 acre site is owned by Stroud District Council which says it is officially a protected outdoor play space.
"It is therefore deemed to make a key contribution to the council's strategic play space needs and, as such, planning would not be considered for any non-recreational uses ie housing on the site," the council's executive was told.
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But the same report to the executive also talks of the college developing its programme and increasing use of Stratford Court by leasing it and investing £4.8 million in new facilities.
These would include classrooms to deliver the sports curriculum, offices, meeting rooms and the floodlit 3G pitch says the report from the council's head of cultural services Ray Figg and head of asset management Alison Fisk.
The district's executive member for community services Coun June Cordwell said: "Stratford Court is indeed protected as an outdoor play space and consequently any proposals would need to ensure that this requirement is met.
"A dynamic sporting facility, which increases usage and accessibility of such an open space, could be considered acceptable as it could be of benefit to more people more of the time," she said.
Stroud Town Council member John Marjoram said he thought Stratford Court should be kept as a flexible space that other users could enjoy.
"It's a community facility. Although we encourage sport I think we would want other interests represented," he said.
Fellow town councillor Hayden Sutton said: "I feel for the people in Gannicox, if they have flood lighting and go on till 11pm at night as they do at Stratford Park."