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New 3G pitch for Montgomeryshire, but not in Welshpool

Created on 11/11/2020 @ 11:48


Montgomeryshire will be having a new state-of-the-art 3G pitch, but it won’t be coming to Welshpool.

Local sports clubs and other concerned parties have been working hard behind the scenes recently to secure a state-of-the-art all-weather facility for the town.

And recently, Powys County Council (PCC) voiced its support for the town’s bid, but the regional authority announced last night that it will be coughing up £17m towards a new £48m school in Machynlleth, which will also have a 3G pitch and a swimming pool. The pitch will be available for community use.

It is welcome news in general for the area’s sub standard sports facilities, but will be a blow to Welshpool which has been struggling for space since Powys started building the new Welshpool primary school on the former Salop Road playing fields.

The 620 place all-through Ysgol Bro Hyddgen has early years facilities along with leisure and library provision, and has been described as a “flagship campus” by PCC.

The Welsh Government is providing over £31 million towards the project, under its 21st Century Schools programme, with the rest expected to be met by PCC.

The council’s combined Strategic Outline Case (SOC) and Outline Business Case (OBC) have been approved by Education Minister, Kirsty Williams. The council will now progress to Full Business Case (FBC) stage of the project.

The facility will be located on the current secondary campus playing fields with the existing school building being demolished to accommodate the new community campus.

Cllr Phyl Davies, Powys County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Property, said: “Not only will we be providing a truly community-focussed facility, Ysgol Bro Hyddgen will also be the first all-through Passivhaus school with a swimming pool and leisure facilities in Wales and in the UK.”

There has been some good news though for Welshpool recently with around £1.5m spent on the high school’s sports facilities, and the outdoor pitch at The Flash (pictured) is undergoing considerable work so it can stand up better to our harsher winters following its closure due to flooding last year.


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