09 Jul 2014

Rew Valley Sports Centre - long-term lease plans approved

Long-term lease arrangements to secure the future school and community use of the Rew Valley Sports Centre at Ventnor, have been approved by the council.

A meeting of the council’s Property Disposal and Capital Programme Sub Committee supported a recommendation to agree a lease with the new Island Community School - which is due to redevelop and occupy land opposite the sports centre.
Under the lease agreement, the community school would take over the running of the sports centre and its adjacent playing fields and would be required to offer their use to St Francis Primary School – which adjoins the centre – and to the community out of school hours.
St Francis Primary School, on the site of the former Ventnor Middle School, has been fully consulted on the plans and is working with the community school to achieve acceptable arrangements.
The community school (a free school), is currently operating out of the old St Boniface Primary School site in Ventnor, but is intending to move once it has rebuilt the former St Margaret’s Primary School site opposite the sports centre.
The Rew Valley Sports Centre and playing fields were until recently used as a sports facility for the former Ventnor Middle School and the community, and were funded by the council’s education budget.
Since the closure of Ventnor Middle School, the council has funded the centre (at a cost of £50,000 a year) from its community budgets while a new third party was sought to manage it. In February this year the council received an expression of interest from the community school to take on the centre.
The proposed lease is for 125-years, with a restriction for sports and community use only and other key conditions.

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The council has approved plans to seek a long-term lease with the Island Community School
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  • A new 125-year lease is planned for Rew Valley Sports Centre.
Ventnor Isle of Wight