Work set to start on fence round Academy field

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Work is due to start on Monday on a controversial scheme to fence off Newmarket Academy’s playing field.

Nick Froy, head of the Exning Road school, has confirmed that the project, which is being funded by the Department of Education, will go ahead despite concerns from some residents.

Last summer, Ofsted inspector Ian Midwood said securing the playing field was a matter of student safety and should be “addressed urgently.”

Speaking on Friday Mr Froy said he had had a meeting with local residents who had agreed the scheme they preferred was one with no path along the rear of properties in Freshfields.

He said resident Mick Smith had agreed to look at the setting up of a community group to give residents or organised groups access to the field outside school hours.

”I believe this is the beginning of a successful partnership between the local community and its school,” he said.

There will be no public access to the field or the rear of the school from the field once the fence is in place.

Fencing work is likely to take a couple of months and will begin with the route being marked out on the Freshfields side so residents can see where it will go.

“I am obviously delighted that this project is coming to fruition as it fulfils a very important need to ensure that children who attend the Academy are safe,” said Mr Froy.