THIS is the first image of what the proposed £25m academy will look like in Ellesmere Port.
Plans for the new school are on display at the town’s Hub Youth Centre in Whitby Road, which is Cheshire West and Chester Council’s ‘preferred site’ for the academy.
The Hub will have to be relocated if the development gets the go-ahead.
The central academy will include:
A brand new school building, car parking and synthetic sports pitches.
Additional playing fields and pitches and an athletics track on separate land adjacent to West Cheshire College.
1,350 pupils and 300 sixth form students.
The indoor and outdoor sports facilities will be made available for public use.
Last week Central and Westminster councillor Derek Bateman confirmed the Hub was the planned site for the school.
However, he said assurances had been given by the council that the Hub facilities would not be lost, although they would now have to be relocated.
Concerned site user Colin Evans, who runs Millbrook Junior Badminton Club and is a former youth worker, told the Pioneer: “We’re really worried because we don’t know when this is going to happen. We have to make fixtures 12 months in advance.
“It’s a really good sports hall here and we use it at a very competitive rate. It’s not just us who use the facilities either, there is the senior badminton, junior football and basketball.”
A Cheshire West and Chester Council spokeswoman confirmed an application for outline planning permission would go before the strategic planning meeting on December 10.