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Portishead needs ‘dream’ new sports complex, says senior town councillor

PUBLISHED: 16:04 13 September 2017 | UPDATED: 17:00 13 September 2017

Plans to expand Portishead Town FC were first mooted in 2016.

Plans to expand Portishead Town FC were first mooted in 2016.

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A new sports hub, featuring football pitches, netball courts, a fishing lake and skatepark, is planned for Portishead.

Portishead Town Football Club’s idea involves moving to a site adjoining its current home off Bristol Road, which would in turn be sold for housing to fund the new facilities.

The club believes it has a chance of providing provide Portishead with a much-needed ‘centre for sporting excellence’.

Adrian Green, chairman of trustees, said: “As the town has grown, so has the need for state-of-the-art sporting facilities available to everyone.

“We need facilities which not only meet the FA requirements for promotion, but accommodate the 700 local youngsters – boys and girls – who turn out to train and play football for us every weekend in the season.

“We’re the biggest club in the county, but we don’t have the space, the money or the facilities to match our popularity.

“This plan future-proofs our ambition for the club and members.”

The scheme, which has been unveiled at consultation events this week, comprises of three full-sized football pitches for matches and six training pitches for mini and junior members.

To the south would be a fishing lake, plus three courts for Portishead Pirates Netball Club and a hockey pitch.

The football club also wants to build a skateboard park, plus a new clubhouse with a bar and changing facilities.

The club stresses the idea is ‘subject to the full agreement of all the freehold interests and planning permission’ and would require a junction off Bristol Road to the east of the industrial estate to a new car park.

Portishead Town leases its current home from the town council and it says positive discussions to give up that deal have already taken place.

Town council vice chairman Peter Mitchell said: “We have some great sports clubs in Portishead which are currently underachieving because we don’t have the right facilities.

“With no money to invest in upgrading what we’ve got, or to introduce new offers such as a skateboard park, the only way we will be able to realise our sporting and leisure potential is by releasing land for development to fund our aspiration.

“This plan makes the hopes and dreams of the people of Portishead realisable.

“We can have our skateboard park, as well as a fit-for-purpose football, hockey, rugby and netball facility and a coarse fishing lake.”

The scheme will be discussed at Portishead Town Council’s meeting tonight (Wednesday) and will begin at the Folk Hall at 7.30pm.

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