Silsden sports field could cost community £1m

A fundraising drive has started, which might need as much as a million pounds in order to purchase the sports field off Elliott Street from Bradford Council.

Around 700 people have so far signed a petition calling for the field behind the Muti-Use Games Area (MUGA) and The Hive to be named by the local authority as an ‘Asset of Community Value’. The council’s Keighley Area Committee will make a decision on that status next week.

But once the new school building is complete – likely to be in summer 2021 – the council is proposing to sell both current school sites, along with the sports field as PE and sports day facilities will be in place at the new location.

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.”

This week The Hive, which is a registered charity, began a fundraising appeal on Givey, which has so far raised £13 after four days.

“We have now received advice that the council will allow the community time to fundraise to enable the field to be purchased when it does come up for sale,” it said. “All donations received will go to the purchase of the field off Elliott Street and to support The Hive Silsden CIO to meet the charity aims and objects.”

A comment from The Hive on Facebook said there had been a suggestion that the council could be looking for around £1 million when it sells the piece of land, which runs from the back of the GPs’ surgery and fire station down to the canal bank.

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