SHANKLIN Football Club fear that their club will cease the exist if plans go ahead for a new school to be built on their playing pitches.

Plans, which were approved last week, propose that a new Gatten and Lake Primary School should be built on recoration ground off of Oaklyn Gardens, but club officials fear this could lead to the demise of the club, which has been in existence for over 125 years.

Two thirds of the club’s youth pitch would be lost to the development, leaving youngsters with no where to play.

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Chairman of Shanklin Football Club, Gerry Oulton, has said that around 2000 people use the ground and that the Isle of Wight Council has put no thought into how this could effect children.

Shanklin Town Councillor, Cllr David Pugh, has stated that a feasibility study has shown that adjoining county ground could be reconfigured to provide further pitch space.

Local residents have raised some concerns regarding increased noise and traffic problems in the area.



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