School’s bid to use Beaconsfield playing fields in Great Yarmouth

Beaconsfield Recreation Ground in Great Yarmouth.
December 2013.

Picture: James Bass

Beaconsfield Recreation Ground in Great Yarmouth. December 2013. Picture: James Bass

Saturday, December 28, 2013
10:16 AM

An expanding east Norfolk school could use public playing fields to provide PE lessons for its swelling student population.

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Great Yarmouth High School.
December 2013.

Picture: James Bass

Great Yarmouth High School. December 2013. Picture: James Bass

Great Yarmouth VA High School has 900 students, but this is set to climb to about 1,400 within five

years.

County council officers claim the current arrangement – using a field 500 yards from the main site – wastes curriculum time and presents “supervisory challenges”.

And now a solution has been proposed, in a report to go before Norfolk County Council’s cabinet next month.

Beaconsfield Recreation Ground in Great Yarmouth.
December 2013.

Picture: James Bass

Beaconsfield Recreation Ground in Great Yarmouth. December 2013. Picture: James Bass

The document calls for a partnership with Great Yarmouth Borough Council to be established to enable the school to gain access to a larger and closer playing field – the borough council-owned Beaconsfield recreation ground.

Using a grassed area at the school has been ruled out, as it will be needed for new classrooms.

Yarmouth High would cease to use its own, more distant playing field under the proposals.

The Beaconsfield site would be adapted so it is more suitable for school use with an agreed maintenance regime, but would also be retained for public use.

Mick Castle, cabinet member for schools and for Yarmouth North and Central division, said a solution was needed.

He added he was glad access would be kept for football and cricket sides under proposals, and the school’s Barnard Bridge site made public.

Trevor Wainwright, borough council leader, said: “It is still early days with this potential project, and nothing will be decided without a viability assessment, in-depth consideration by all parties and public consultation.”

The meeting will be on Monday, January 6 at Hethel Engineering Centre.

6 comments

  • I agree with Linda. The proposal for the access pathway between Salisbury road and barnard bridge is housing for ex offenders. It's a deal between the council and some housing association who are assuring the surrounding residents that the ex offenders are supervised!! Well that's reassuring....not.

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    Donna Burnett

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • Being a former Yarmouth High Pupil in the 80s we regulary used the beaconsfield or the recco for P.E. We used it for football and athletics on a weekly basis. As far as i was aware i thought it was still used by the school all the time amyway. We only used to use barnard for cricket and that was seldom

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    Gorlmouth

    Sunday, December 29, 2013

  • this only because the council wants to build on barnaard playing field in the future as they are trying to build bungalow on the old railway land leading to the playing field

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    linda

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • Castle only came out with "a solution is needed" because it happens to be in his constituency. Anywhere else he could have not cared less, and said nothing. Typical me, myself and I attitude.

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    "V"

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • I've got an idea blue tractor. Why doesn't Castle say something constructive instead of the incoherent ramblings he always comes out with. He makes this town and Norfolk CC a laughing stock

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    "V"

    Sunday, December 29, 2013

  • "V" - Why don't you put aside your personal vendetta against Mick Castle and say something constructive?

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    blue tractor

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

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