11:06AM, Thursday 29 March 2012
Sports clubs based around the proposed new site for Furze Platt Senior School in Maidenhead have given their views on the controversial Spencers Farm plans.
The school in Furze Platt Road is working with Summerleaze on a vision to build a new community campus in the North Town area by 2015.
The land could be home to new sporting and recreational facilities and 320 new homes as well as the new school, with 380 houses also proposed to replace the old buildings.
Several clubs have been consulted and commented purely on the sporting side of the plans.
Tony Andrews, chairman of Holyport Football Club in Summerleaze Village, said: "Looking from a Holyport point of view it will be good for the youngsters."
The lifelong Maidonian, formerly of Blackamoor Lane, said he felt the new facilities would help 'keep kids off the streets'.
Boyne Hill Boys and Girls Football Club also has teams using the pitches down at Summerleaze.
Chairman Pete Clifton said it looked as though the proposal included some 'fantastic' new sports facilities.
"It sounds like a really exciting opportunity," he added.
Tony Drake, chairman of North Maidenhead Cricket Club in Summerleaze Road, welcomed the proposal as a 'unique' and 'once in a lifetime' opportunity.
"We very much look forward to working with Furze Platt School and Summerleaze on this project," he said.
While Maidenhead Sailing Club in Summerleaze Road is not immediately affected by the plans, rear commodore Alan Dibble said it was hoped they would help bring more young people into sailing.
"We do like the proposal to use the sports facilities not only for the school but also for the community," he said.
Submissions about the plans have been made to the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead by the school and Summerleaze but a formal planning application has not yet been produced.
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