Million pound sports facility will be ‘for the community’

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A NEW £1 million sports facility, which will include a FIFA standard all weather pitch, will be really positive for the city.

Councillor Peter Geary, Cabinet member responsible for communities, said there is a lack of such a facility in Central Milton Keynes since the loss of the National Hockey Stadium.

The proposal, which is still in the early stages, will cost £1,145,000 and would be paid for by section 106 money received from Network Rail after it bought land occupied by the stadium.

Mr Geary said: “When Network Rail came to Milton Keynes we didn’t want to lose a perfectly good facility, hence the section 106 agreement. There is a massive demand for this from teams across MK because we don’t have anything like this. The nearest facility like this is in Luton.

“This is not an international development, it is designed for the community. It is really positive for the city and it will be set away from houses meaning fewer problems with noise and light.”

The council is now seeking planning permission for the site which would be completed in autumn next year.

However, Mr Geary was quick to point out the facility would not be paid for by the taxpayers.

He said: “This is not public money we are just a delivery agent. The development must be in the Central Milton Keynes grid square and must be spent on a sports facility. They were terms of the agreement.”