Highworth Sporting Hub asks people for ideas for town

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Several sports clubs in a Wiltshire town have formed a Sporting Hub to find out the sort of facilities people want before they apply for funding.

The Sporting Hub in Highworth near Swindon is inviting people to a drop-in session or to fill in a questionnaire.

A flood-lit artificial grass pitch, a new cricket field and a running track are among the suggestions for improved sporting facilities.

The public consultation started on 19 Feb and ends on 11 March.

Once the public consultation is complete the Sporting Hub will apply for planning permission to build on and improve the town's current recreation site.

Then they will apply for funding to bodies such as Sport England.

The Sporting Hub said it would also be seeking money from the Football Foundation and Swindon Borough Council.

Stuart Henshaw, from the Sporting Hub, said: "No funding is in place yet. We are looking for support from the local community - it can only go ahead with the support from the people of Highworth."

The next drop-in session is on 26 February at Highworth Community Centre from 12:00 to 20:00 GMT.

The last session is at Highworth Town Council community rooms on 2 March between 10:00 and 13:00.

The hub includes the chairmen from the town's football, cricket, tennis, bowls and golf clubs.

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