Haven High Academy sports hall to be used by community
PLANS to open up a Boston school's sports hall to the local community have been given the green light by Lincolnshire County Council.
The plans are for the sports hall at Haven High Academy to be used by both the school and the local community outside normal school hours.
The use of the hall for school and non-school related activates will be restricted to Monday to Friday 7.30am to 11pm, Saturdays 8am to 11pm and Sundays and public holidays 9am to 6pm.
Executive headteacher Adrian Reed said: "Haven High Academy, as a full service extended school, is committed to ensuring that its considerable resources and facilities can be enjoyed by the whole community.
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"On the Marian Road campus currently over 15 community groups base their activities at the academy, including The Lincolnshire Area Music Support Service, The Allen School of Dance, JFC Boston, Boston United, Mayflower Dance Krazy and a range of community sports and adult learning groups.
"The academy's programme of community engagement has been so successful, however, that many groups have been turned away due to the fact that we had reached maximum capacity.
"The acquisition of the Tollfield Road campus and its subsequent complete refurbishment and substantial extension for Post 16 provision now provides the opportunity of extending the academy's offer to the community."
The planning permission will allow the use of the Tollfield campus's extended sports hall and fitness suite, playing fields and performing arts centre.
The plans were approved with conditions in place to minimise impact on residents.
The report put to LCC said: "Given the objections which were received from local residents when planning permission for the sports hall and associated parking was applied for in 2003, the school has carefully considered the potential impact on residents prior to the submission of this application.
"In order to address these concerns the school have proposed that the car park off Fernleigh Way is not made available for use outside of normal school hours and that outside of these hours users of the sports hall would utilise the main school car park off Tollfield Road."