Plans for £8m sports village

Plans are being put forward to build a new sports village on land just of Sprockhoevel Way, South Kirkby.'L to R) Jim Kenyon, Steve Newitt - Director Suseco Ltd, Cllr Stan Wilson.'h8701a220
Plans are being put forward to build a new sports village on land just of Sprockhoevel Way, South Kirkby.'L to R) Jim Kenyon, Steve Newitt - Director Suseco Ltd, Cllr Stan Wilson.'h8701a220

PLANS to build an £8m sports village funded by renewable energy are set to be given to Wakefield Council.

Football, rugby, athletics, and a swimming pool are just a few of the sporting ideas that could be built on the ten-acre site on the former South Kirkby Colliery ground.

The village will be funded by the cash raised from selling electricity from three wind turbines which would be built in the area – around 100m away from the sports site.

Hemsworth town councillor Jim Kenyon is the driving force behind the plan and thinks Wakefield Council should welcome the development.

He said jobs would also be created in the form of sports coaches, supervisors, and park rangers.

Coun Kenyon said: “The sky is the limit with these ideas. The council should have open arms to this project as they are hard times financially, and no money is coming from the government and this would not cost them. All we need is the land.”

He will ask for permission to change the land use to include leisure and to build on the site, which is owned by the local authority.

The development would take up a portion of the existing 62 acres of land.

Coun Kenyon met the council’s regeneration team and will discuss the plans with the planning department this week.

He said: “It will only be five minutes away from any village in the area. It’s time we had something like this for kids and families to go and enjoy themselves.

“If everyone pulls together we can make this phenomenal.”

He has already met with company Ibuildeco, which has built similar projects across the country. They would seek out cash to fund the initial cost of the turbines from a private investor and then work with contractors who would actually build the sports village.

But before plans can be put to the council, Coun Kenyon wants the community to get behind it.

He said: “I want to meet with town councils and show them how good this project is and hopefully get their backing.

“I also want to get school pupils involved and ask them what they want at the site.”

A prize will be offered to the school that submits the best plans.

Other ideas for the sports village include a gym, skate park, tennis courts, ice skating rink, changing rooms, bowling and BMX track.

He envisaged that if everything goes to plan, the sports village would be up and running in two years.