04:06AM, Sunday 24 August 2014
Work has begun to build a £1.6million leisure centre at Furze Platt Senior School.
The facility, which will be open to the public outside of school hours, will include a floodlit all-weather pitch, multi-use play area, cricket wicket, sports field drainage, car parking and a small cafe.
Approval for the centre at the Furze Platt Road site was given by the Royal Borough in April.
Kevin Mist, head of leisure services at the council, said the first phase of the project, which includes the car park, tennis courts and all-weather pitches, is set to be finished by November.
"For the pupils at Furze Platt School, it is going to be a great addition to the choice of facilities they have got," he said, adding it will bring 'first class facilities' to the community
It will be funded by £950,000 of section 106 developer contributions, £200,000 from the school and £400,000 of council money.
A £50,000 grant will pay for all-weather pitch drainage.
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