School’s bid to use Beaconsfield playing fields in Great Yarmouth

Beaconsfield Recreation Ground in Great Yarmouth.December 2013.Picture: James Bass

Beaconsfield Recreation Ground in Great Yarmouth.December 2013.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2013

An expanding east Norfolk school could use public playing fields to provide PE lessons for its swelling student population.

Great Yarmouth High School.
December 2013.
Picture: James Bass

Great Yarmouth High School. December 2013. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2013

Great Yarmouth VA High School has 900 students, but this is set to climb to about 1,400 within five

Beaconsfield Recreation Ground in Great Yarmouth.
December 2013.
Picture: James Bass

Beaconsfield Recreation Ground in Great Yarmouth. December 2013. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2013

years.

County council officers claim the current arrangement – using a field 500 yards from the main site – wastes curriculum time and presents 'supervisory challenges'.

And now a solution has been proposed, in a report to go before Norfolk County Council's cabinet next month.


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The document calls for a partnership with Great Yarmouth Borough Council to be established to enable the school to gain access to a larger and closer playing field – the borough council-owned Beaconsfield recreation ground.

Using a grassed area at the school has been ruled out, as it will be needed for new classrooms.

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Yarmouth High would cease to use its own, more distant playing field under the proposals.

The Beaconsfield site would be adapted so it is more suitable for school use with an agreed maintenance regime, but would also be retained for public use.

Mick Castle, cabinet member for schools and for Yarmouth North and Central division, said a solution was needed.

He added he was glad access would be kept for football and cricket sides under proposals, and the school's Barnard Bridge site made public.

Trevor Wainwright, borough council leader, said: 'It is still early days with this potential project, and nothing will be decided without a viability assessment, in-depth consideration by all parties and public consultation.'

The meeting will be on Monday, January 6 at Hethel Engineering Centre.

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