Marlborough Common - A Consultation
The Town Council has launched a consultation to gauge opinion about the possibility of creating a permanent training area on Marlborough Common, making more space for sports for young people.
The pandemic has helped to reiterate how important active exercise is to the general health and well-being of the whole community, from dogwalkers to sportsmen and women of all ages. Free access to The Common is everyone's right. The issue is whether the extension of existing facilities, equating to the size of a rugby pitch, would restrict usage for the wider population or whether this new provision is of greater importance.
Town Mayor, Councillor Mark Cooper, said: “The Town Council is guardian of this wonderful space and must ensure that it is available for everyone for years to come. We recognise that a proposal to create more space for another sports facility evokes some strong feelings. There’s a balance to be found between making sure that Marlborough Common remains a place for all to enjoy and creating much needed sporting space for our young people. All users of The Common should be able to sit comfortably alongside each other. So, before we make any decision on this issue, I, with my fellow Councillors, want to listen to what local people have to say about it. I encourage everyone to take part in our consultation.”
Read more in our press release
Paper copies are available on request for people unable to complete the survey online