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Comment: Lack of sports facilities
4:58pm Monday 14th October 2013 in News
BICESTER’s lack of sports facilities is a disgrace.
Every week people have to travel outside the town to take part in sporting activities when the facilities should be on their doorstep. Clubs like Bicester Athletics Club have no home and rely on goodwill from Bicester Community College and other schools.
There are not enough sports facilities, or pitches in Bicester, and this needs to change as soon as possible – especially with all the planned growth for Bicester. The current facilities are not enough for the current population. What will happen with a further 20,000 people living in the town?
The new sports village will go some way to help. But more facilities are desperately needed to cater for other sports.
Charles Shouler and Michael Waine are right to call on the Bicester Sports Association to put its hand in its pocket. After all, this organisation was set up for the purpose of providing sports facilities for Bicester.
It seems the association has been stagnant for too long. Yes, it runs pitches in Pingle Drive and Chesterton, and has a shooting range, but what about all the other sports out there? As always, the big stumbling block is money.
The BSA says it doesn’t have any cash to invest in Bicester, but these former senior councillors believe the trust must have accrued some cash over the years from land sales.
Because it is a private trust, it said it does not have to provide financial accounts – so, effectively, no-one knows The BSA has been through the wringer in recent years after issues with the football club, so surely it’s time to wipe the slate clean and move forward and provide what the founders set out to do.
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