Playing field future hinges on Midhurst school site

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THE future of the former Midhurst Intermediate School and its playing fields hangs on a decision over the siting of Easebourne Primary School.

In the meantime members of the Easebourne liaison group set up by West Sussex County Council, are holding fire on plans to produce a village questionnaire asking for local views on the future of the site at Wheelbarrow Castle, until they have a clearer idea of the options available.

The liaison group met with representatives from Easebourne Parish Council, Midhurst Town Council, West Sussex County Council and Easebourne Primary School at the end of last month.

Chairman of Easebourne Parish Council, Ian Heustice told the Observer: “The decision of the governors, the head of the primary school and West Sussex County Council as to whether they do or do not want to move to the Wheelbarrow Castle site is pivotal to the whole discussion about what happens at the former intermediate school.”

He said the aspirations of the parish council and the sports clubs were secondary to the decision of the school. The liaison group was now waiting for the governors and head teacher to discuss their options before making any further plans.

The parish council has expressed an interest in providing community facilities on the site and Midhurst and Easebourne Football Club is also interested.