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All-weather 3G pitch for school could be a step closer

A new full-size all-weather 3G pitch at Olchfa School for use by pupils and community groups could be a step closer to being built.

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An offer has been made on parcel of land that was identified by Swansea Council and the school governors as surplus to requirements. Some of the money raised from its sale would be reinvested in providing the new sports facility.

As well as paying for the state-of-the-art pitch proceeds from the sale will also go towards the council's 21st Century School's Programme which will see £150m spent on improving school buildings across Swansea in the coming years.

The plans, which have been supported by the school, were first announced in 2016.  Following a public consultation the changes were backed by the council's cabinet in 2018 and the land was marketed last year.

Any development on the surplus land will need planning permission which will give local residents a further chance to have their say.

In addition to the new 3G pitch the school will continue to have two traditional football and rugby fields.

The existing running track will be rotated 90 degrees and banks could create a spectator area. It will not impact on on-site car parking.

A red gravel pitch for outdoor PE is currently in disrepair and is not safe to play on and the tennis courts are unfit for purpose.

A report to approve the sale is going before cabinet this week.

David Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Delivery and Performance, said: "We have been working with Olchfa school and its governors to sell surplus land and improve their sports facilities.

"The deal Cabinet is considering will achieve both of those aims. We propose to sell the land for development whilst using some of the proceeds to build a new 3G sports pitch that pupils and the wider community can use in any weather.

"I'd like to thank Olchfa school and its governors for working with us. This deal is great news for Olchfa and the local community and gives the council income to re-invest into schools and services."

Olchfa School Headteacher Hugh Davies said: "We are looking forward to work commencing on the new full-sized 3G pitch that will improve the sports facilities for all our pupils and the local community."

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