Barnet makes playing field decisions

Two disused playing fields in Barnet will be brought back in to use following Barnet Council’s cabinet discussions.

Stanley Road Playing fields will be brought back into public use after a ‘Deed of Dedication’ was agreed by the council. New sports facilities will be opened linked to the new Archer Academy Free School. The Deed of Dedication states that the new sports facilities will be ‘available for community use in perpetuity, outside of school hours.”

The committee voted to continue with the potential sale of a currently disused sports site on Pavilion Way in Burnt Oak to the Marco Polo Free School and Taylor Wimpey. The school is proposing to open a new primary school where Barnet pupils will be taught in part in Mandarin. The council intends that new sports facilities on the site will also be available outside of school hours for community use.

Around an acre of the Pavilion Way site would be sold to Taylor Wimpey for development as housing.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Richard Cornelius said: “Community sports facilities have been central to several of the new council built schools such as the new Orion Primary School in Colindale. I am delighted we have been able to use outside funding for the Archer Academy to bring Stanley Road Playing Fields back into community use as well as providing good quality sports facilities for Barnet’s young people.

“Pavilion Way and the Marco Polo School offer a similar opportunity in Burnt Oak and we will be working with the school during the planning process. The new school is very nearly a bird in the hand for a fully funded and financially sustainable sports facility for local residents.

“This comes after over a decade of stalled alternative attempts to set up facilities. At a time when council funding is very tight, I am delighted that we have been able work creatively to develop new sports facilities’ attached to these schools.”

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