Interest high in sports ‘hub’ on old school site

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Plans to turn the site of a former Newmarket middle school into a community and sports hub have generated plenty of interest following a public consultation held in December.

Newmarket Town Council discussed the future of the former Scaltback Middle School site, in Elizabeth Avenue, at a meeting on Tuesday, January 7.

Cllr Warwick Hirst said there had been “lots of interest” in developing the site as a community sports area, particularly from Newmarket Rugby Club, following a meeting held in December.

He said details of any current or future users of the site would be sent to Anglia Community Leisure to prepare a feasibility study into the site and its buildings.

Cllr Mick Jefferys said: “I hope there will be a workable solution that is what everyone wants.

“We want to be able to use that as a sports area and the more people involved the greater the income will be to the facility.”

Scaltback Middle School closed in July 2012 and the site has been managed by the Newmarket Sports Development Association (NSDA) since then.

Local clubs - including Newmarket Rugby Club which uses the pavilion and sports pitches, the Newmarket and St Philip’s badminton clubs which use the sports hall and the Newmarket Joggers - have continued to use the facility following an agreement between the NSDA and Suffolk County Council.