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College horse arena could feature Olympic venue materials

College horse arena could feature Olympic venue materials

Nicola Hine

College horse arena could feature Olympic venue materials

Horse-friendly surface materials from an Olympic venue could be used to create a new outdoor arena at Berkshire College of Agriculture (BCA) if plans are given the green light by the council.

A controversial application for the new equine facility, which would be primarily used for teaching, is recommended for approval at a Maidenhead development control panel meeting on Thursday.

Waxed and sand surfacing for the site, which falls within the greenbelt, would be brought in from the now-redundant equestrian facilities used at Greenwich Park for the London 2012 Games.

Sarah Irving, director of marketing at the college, said the opportunity came about through links established between the college and Games organisers when the Hall Place site was used as an equestrian training camp.

"Having something like this to use would be amazing," she said.

If permission is granted work would start immediately in a bid to ease college waiting lists caused by the growing popularity of its horse-related courses.

The arena could also be used for events such as horse trials, dressage and dog shows.

BCA has two other planning applications due to be discussed at the meeting, which will take place at the town hall from 7pm.

See Thursday's Advertiser for more details.

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