School bids for sport fund

Liz Cresswell, head teacher at Brighouse High School
Liz Cresswell, head teacher at Brighouse High School

BRIGHOUSE High School has applied for funding to provide an ‘all-weather’ pitch.

The school in Finkil Street has put together a bid to Sport England and the Football Foundation to improve one of its football pitches. The school currently has 3/4 size pitches which they hope to develop to a full size 3G pitch.

Head teacher Liz Cresswell said: “We held a meeting with neighbours of the school in advance of a planning application so that residents could view the plans and ask questions.

“The main reason for bidding for the funding is that although the school has several pitches it currently has no ‘all-weather’ facility and also local junior clubs have to travel some distance to secure suitable facilities.

“An audit of provision in the area suggests that we are one pitch short of demand. At the meeting residents asked questions about increased traffic on Finkil Street in the evenings and about floodlighting and noise pollution.”

Members of Brighouse Road Safety Committee felt that the road was already at saturation point and that nearby residents would suffer as a result of the floodlights.

Nick Yates who lives close to the school said that they needed to promote sport but that they didn’t want facilities that were not used their full capacity.

Councillor Scott Benton (Con, Brighouse) said: “The success of our athletes at the Olympics has been fantastic. As a nation we have to do everything we can to encourage active participation in sport and nowhere is this more important than within our schools.

“If these plans were more considerate of the local residents I would support them. However, it is not appropriate to have large floodlights lit late at night in a residential area with a significant proportion of elderly people. There are also long-standing parking and road safety concerns in this area and these proposals do not address residents’ concerns about these.”

The school hopes to submit their plans during the summer holidays.