Old BBC sports ground could be home for Motspur Park free school
A former BBC sports ground is the “preferred site” for a new Motspur Park free school.
The abandoned sports ground in Motspur Park has been unused for years and could be the new home for Park Community School.
It would be a new use for a green space, which sparked a 600-strong petition when it was nearly turned into a cemetery in 2008.
If the former BBC sport ground is used, its ruined tennis courts, hockey pitches and football pitches will need renovation within a year.
Chapel Street, the charity behind the free school declined to confirm the site.
Dr Russell Rook, chief executive officer of Chapel Street, said: “No decision as yet has been made.
“As soon as it has, we or the Education Funding Authority will, of course, be delighted to share that with the community.”
But Matthew Paul, head of school place commissioning for Kingston and Richmond councils, said: “The BBC sports ground is the preferred site.
“There has not been any realistic alternative, but as soon as there is any news the community will be the first to know.”
The site is currently owned by Irish businessman Ben Dunne who bought if from the BBC in 2005.
The fitness entrepreneur owns a chain of gyms across Dublin.
Morden-based charity Chapel Street has said the school would be a non-faith school with a Christian ethos and 60 reception places when it opens in September next year.
Within seven years, 420 extra school places would also be available at the non-selective school which will have help in its running from both Roehampton University and YMCA South West London.
A public meeting to discuss the free school’s future is set to take place on October 10 in Holy Cross Church, Douglas Avenue, from 6.30pm.
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