Halesworth votes yes to improved sporting future

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People in Halesworth have overwhelmingly backed a proposal that will eventually create new, state of the art sports facilities

A public vote held at the weekend saw 1101 people express their views on a proposal to sell Dairy Hill Playing Field to generate funds to transform the soon to be vacated and adjacent Halesworth Middle School into a sporting, education and employment complex. 

The playing field, which is owned by the Halesworth Playing Fields Association, can only be sold following a public vote of Halesworth residents over the age of 18 - according to the association’s 1952 constitution. The association has already voted unanimously to support the move. 

574 eligible people in the town voted in favour of the proposal to sell the land. 29 voted against. 

Now the proposals to sell the land have the ahead, the not for profit local community group behind the plans will be able to move forward and work with developers and local partners to turn their ambitions into reality. 

Councillor Tony Goldson, county councillor for Halesworth and chair of the Halesworth Campus group, said: 

“I’m thrilled. This is a major milestone in our project and ambition to do something truly wonderful for Halesworth. We’ve got the chance to create a fantastic community hub with something to offer everyone. 

“Although they are a fundamental part of the proposals, the campus project is not just about sports facilities. The vacated middle school site provides an outstanding opportunity for the community to regenerate the space to provide improved educational, employment and other community facilities for the town and its surrounding parishes for many years to come. 

“We’re now looking forward to taking the next steps towards to achieving our goal and making a difference in our town.”