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Sport fields level defended

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: November 15, 2012

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BOROUGH council chiefs say they are committed to providing enough playing fields for youngsters in Cheltenham.

It comes after residents and sports club managers in the town bemoaned the dearth of pitches available for team sports.

Some teams are understood to have been forced to move out of town due to a lack of space.

A council spokesman responded by defending the authority's provision of sports areas.

"The Council has planning guidance policies in place that require developers to provide public green space as part of large housing schemes," he said. "We have undertaken a green space assessment and written a green space strategy that guides us on the management of our green space assets to best meet the needs of Cheltenham."

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  • Matt1006  |  November 15 2012, 9:59AM

    ...until a big housing developer comes along with a too-good-to-ignore offer to purchase a playing field (or two) for development. Big wedge in the council's coffers, plus a load of extra Council Tax payments once the houses are finished. elgoog - the Olympics legacy isn't totally forgotten - Joe Public is aware of the main stadium which will sit unused for another 4 years... There's legacy - not a good one, but legacy all the same.

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  • elgoog  |  November 15 2012, 9:34AM

    "The Council has planning guidance policies in place that require developers to provide public green space as part of large housing schemes," he said. "We have undertaken a green space assessment and written a green space strategy that guides us on the management of our green space assets to best meet the needs of Cheltenham." There is a world of difference between a "green space" and a playing field. Ball games are prohibited on many "green spaces". I can't see proper pitches for either football or cricket, or an athletics track, together with a pavilion or changing facilities, being provided on the proposed "green space" opposite the church in the North place development. The Olympics legacy is already being conveniently forgotten.

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