Maiden Erlegh School Wokingham 3G Location Map

Residents are encouraged to speak up about plans to build a new 3G sports field at a local school.

Wokingham Borough Council is holding two ‘walk-in sessions’ later this month regarding the potential development of Maiden Erlegh School in Earley, where attendees will be able to view the plans and visuals.

Sessions will take place at the school, located on Silverdale Road, between 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20 and Wednesday, September 21, with residents encouraged to complete an online consultation survey by the October 3 deadline. .

Executive Member for Environment, Sport and Leisure, Cllr Ian Shenton, said there was a shortage of sports pitches in the borough and the council wanted to provide ‘high quality’ solutions for ” respond to the request”.

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There are over 524 football teams in Wokingham. Due to the high numbers, the council says there are ‘capacity issues’ meaning local football teams have to travel outside the borough for training.

In July, proposals to implement the new leisure strategy were approved, which included the development of a new 3G sports ground, subject to planning, Football Foundation funding and public consultation. If successful, Cllr Shenton said work could start during the summer school holidays next year.

“This would be great news for local football teams and will help our climate change initiatives by encouraging local players to find alternative means of transport such as walking and cycling to training.

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“It would also reduce the need for local football teams to travel outside the borough for training each week,” he added.

Maiden Erlegh School was chosen as the most suitable location for the new 3G pitch following a ‘technical assessment’ based on the existing facilities, including the pitch, changing rooms, toilets, sufficient parking and access to the site.

The council notes that the school could also use the 3G sports ground during the school day for multi-sport activities including touch rugby, cricket etc.

This “proven model” has been adopted by the board at several other schools in the borough, including Farley Hill Primary School and Emmbrook School.

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The site is also endorsed by the Football Foundation and the council would seek funding from them for the new 3G sports ground.

“Your opinion matters to us, so be sure to submit your views on our Engage Wokingham website before October 3. Help us continue to enrich lives by providing access to good leisure facilities for generations coming up,” Cllr Shelton said.

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