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Proposal unveiled for Runnymede all-weather pitch to help secure multi-million pound secondary school

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A plan to build an all-weather sports pitch to help secure funding for a new multi-million pound secondary school in Runnymede will be considered by the county council’s Cabinet.

The proposal would provide new sports grounds for Chertsey High School, a new free school helping to meet growing demand for school places in Runnymede. It would help unlock Government funding for a state-of-the-art new school (pictured above in artist’s impressions), which opened last September in temporary buildings and will eventually provide 600 extra school places.

Abbey Rangers Football Club would also use the pitch, helping to secure the future of the long-standing local club. The proposal will be considered by the Cabinet at its meeting on Tuesday 30 January. More information is available here. The cost of the new school is estimated at £18million.

The scheme has been awarded £75,000 thanks to Surrey’s role in the Prudential RideLondon cycling festival, with more information available here.

Mary Lewis, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, said: “This proposal is excellent news for Chertsey as it’ll mean a brand new purpose-built building to help deal with the growing need for extra school places and it’s also pleasing that contributions from Surrey’s role in the RideLondon-Surrey cycle events would go towards the vital cause of providing our children with the best possible start in life.

“Despite school schemes like this, we still face a shortfall in the funds we need to create thousands of extra places to meet demand in Surrey which is why we’re continuing to call on the government to provide the county with fair funding.”

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