Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Areas Not Getting a Sporting Chance

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Areas Not Getting a Sporting Chance

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I share Coun McGarr's concern regarding the lack of recreation facilities available to children of Killingworth (letters page, February 17) and the surrounding areas during the half term holiday.

I would welcome some comment from a representative from North Tyneside Council's education and cultural services as to why the needs of the young in this area are again being ignored.

I recently had the opportunity to attend a so called consultation day, run by the council to get the views of residents regarding the replacement of Killingworth Sports Centre. Any actual commitment from the council as to what was going to be provided was hard to come by, and it seems that the whole plan hinges on the new sports centre being situated in the grounds of the High School, in order to qualify for financial assistance from the Government. For some reason which was not disclosed, there was no guarantee that the new facility would include a swimming pool, which is quite plainly unacceptable, as will be the three years we are apparently expected to wait. …

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