Angry protesters in Peterborough claim sports pledge broken by council

Intkhab Ahmed with other local residents complaining about the unused facility for local youngsters EMN-150316-211129009
Intkhab Ahmed with other local residents complaining about the unused facility for local youngsters EMN-150316-211129009
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Angry residents have hit out at what they claim are delays by the council to fulfil a pledge to open sports pitches to the community.

Protesters say they were promised public access to sports facilities being built as part of the new £7 million extension to Gladstone Primary School, in Bourges Boulevard.

We’ve been told the facilities will open in November, then January and then maybe in May.

Intkhab Ahmed

The school buildings opened last September but the facilities - an outdoor space with a 4G pitch, other pitches and equipment for use with a range of sports - have not yet been made available for public use.

The school is built on fields that were regularly used by youngsters to play sport.

Intkhab Ahmed, who runs Najib Food Store, in Bourges Boulevard, and has lived in the area for 40 years, said: “We feel cheated by Peterborough City Council.

“The council should have got this organised while the school was being built.

“We’ve been told the facilities will open in November, then in January and then maybe in May.”

“We’re being fobbed off and our youngsters have to travel a long way if they want to play sport.”

Adrian Chapman, the council’s service director adult services and communities, said the space would be open from Monday and run by the council.

He said: “We have not been able to open the facilities to the public as we are still in the process of agreeing who will manage the facilities outside of school hours.

“It will be run in the short-term by the council. We are discussing a longer-term community-led arrangement.”