Councillor Mike Sharpe will be discussing the public response to the proposals to refurbish the astroturf next to Vale Stadium at Thursday’s quarterly meeting of the Neighbourhood Partnership Board.
He has been chairing a sub-committee set up to look at how £380,000 allocated to developing the sports facilities can be spent. The money was left by the Housing Action Trust in 2005, and has since been in the hands of the Council. But the failure to attract a developer for the ‘sports village project’ has resulted in the money being returned to the NPB.
The sub committee asked for the public’s views on a proposal to develop the astroturf facilities at a cost of £166,000. Councillor Sharpe has said: “l have attempted to be open and above board with everyone so that no one is
kept in the dark about how we are spending the money.”
There has been plenty of public response, with e mails, phone messages, over 100 comments to Vale Mail website articles and over 1700 votes in an opinion poll.
The opinion poll overwhelmingly favours a ‘No’ to the astroturf idea, with 96% opposed to the idea, though there have been accusations that it has been manipulated by a concerted texting campaign to encourage the ‘no’ faction.
The comments are not quite so clear cut. Many are against the proposal, some suggest other priorities such as changing rooms should take precedence, while others suggest that a refurbished astroturf would be a good facility.
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