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Sports clubs are forced to move

SPORTS clubs who use the Civil Service facilities are having to find new homes.

SPORTS clubs who use the Civil Service facilities are having to find new homes.

The Civil Service Sports Council (CSSC) is to close the playing fields – which are located off the Coventry Road – over the next few months.

This week, a spokesman for the CSSC said the move had been made because the facilities were no longer financially viable.

The organisation is now weighing up its options – including the possible sale of the land.

Peter Mayers, director of finance, said: “The reason why the club had to close is because it’s like so many facilities today – it’s not financially viable.

“The cricket, rugby and fishing club are in the process of finding, or have already found, alternative accommodation.

“The anglers have found a suitable home for the fish which live in the pools and they will be moving them later this month.”

Although the eastern corner of the land would be affected by Birmingham International Airport’s expansion plans, Mr Mayers said this had no bearing on CSSC’s move.

“This decision was made purely by the local committee and myself because of a downturn in trading over the past year,” he said.

But some of the people who have come to rely on the facilities are

angry they are closing down.

Mick Pelfry, who has been fishing at the site for almost 30 years, said: “We’re always told we need to get out and do more exercise, but where are people supposed to go to do these things if they’re being taken away?”

Others fear for the fate of the land, an important wildlife habitat, if the CSSC does decide to sell it.

* Sports fixtures are expected to finish by the end of May but events will continue at the playing fields until the cut-off point on June 22.



Cathrina Hulse
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