The future of Silsden’s sports field is up for discussion at a Bradford Council meeting taking place next month.
It follows news that the land – behind the Multi Use Games Area behind The Hive on Elliott Street – could be sold off by the council once Silsden Primary School moves to its new site at the other end of town next year.
The field has been used by local schools for PE lessons, sports days and other outdoor activity work for many years, and runs from the community centre down to the canal bank. The new site for Silsden Primary School, currently being built between Hawber Cote Lane and Brunthwaite, will include purpose-built sports area.
It is understood that the council plans to sell off the field behind Elliott Street as well as both current school sites on Hothfield Street and Elliott Street.
The Centre Manager of The Hive, Jill Cook, who created the petition said: “The land is regularly used by local children, dog walkers to exercise their dogs, ourselves for out-of-school clubs, and the Community firework night – to name a few. This area is the only recreation ground in this part of Silsden. With the new houses currently being built in Silsden, it is critical that we keep some green space for our children to play.”
The Hive says it has requested that the land be nominated as an ‘Asset of Community Value’. This will be considered at the Keighley Area Committee meeting of Bradford Council, taking place at 6pm on Thursday 26th March at Keighley Town Hall.
Jill Cook added: “We live in a rural part of Yorkshire and we are proud of our countryside. We are lucky our children can enjoy the space and have the freedom of play. Let’s not just build houses on every bit of green space we have, let’s keep some for our community.”
The Hive has started a petition to gather support for its proposal that the land should stay as it is and not be sold on.
A Bradford Council spokesperson told SilsdenToday: “The Council has been approached by the local community with a request to list the small field as an Asset of Community Value. The matter will now be considered by the Keighley Area Committee.”