Report recommends removing public access to sports ground

The Manor Action Group wants to maintain public access to the Manor Sports Ground
The Manor Action Group wants to maintain public access to the Manor Sports Ground

A WORTHING Borough Council report recommends preventing the public from accessing the Manor Sports Ground during school hours.

The new 900-pupil Bohunt Academy in Broadwater wants exclusive access to the site during the school day for PE lessons.

It has faced strong opposition from the Manor Action Group – a collective of residents keen to maintain public access to the sports ground.

If the council decides to lease the ground to Bohunt, terms will be negotiated by James Appleton, the council’s head of economic growth, in consultation with council leader Daniel Humphreys and Clive Roberts, executive member for the environment.

The report, which can be found in the council’s latest Joint Strategic Committee agenda, states that lease conditions will include appropriate fencing/gating, public access to be secured at the start and close of the school day, weekends and school holidays and sharing access arrangements with other local schools and clubs.

More to follow.