New sports pitch should be built at Harrogate school – Yorkshire Post Letters

From: K Scott, Harrogate.

OVER the last few years, Harrogate Borough Council 
has produced a number of papers and reports showing 
the chronic shortage of 
good-quality sports pitches 
in the town.

But now it is planning to recommend refusal for a new 3G pitch at St Aidan’s School. 
This will deny hundreds of children the opportunity to 
play team sports and develop lifelong skills to promote 
health, discipline and team spirit.

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Harrogate Borough Council should think again about the harm this refusal will cause to the next generation and the increasing inequalities this will promote. St Aidan’s is a 
high-performing, 
community-rooted school, taking students from a wide range of backgrounds, giving opportunities in sport and education to all.

Plans for a new sports pitch in Harrogate have caused controversy.

They should be rewarded for increasing their sports provision, not refused.

The suggested opening times are not unreasonable, with play ending at 8pm on weekdays and much shorter hours on a weekend.

Refusing this well-thought- through proposal would be such a shame in a town where sporting opportunities are lacking and safe playable pitches are in very short supply.

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A new sports pitch had been proposed for St Aidan's School in Harrogate.