Mum campaigns for school field

A PRIMARY school in Daventry is close to securing an outdoor playing field for the first time.

The Grange School has received the full backing of the strategy group from Daventry District Council to take over part of an open space at the rear of its ground.

The campaign to get a playing field has been organised by Charlotte Withall, a school governor who also has children at the school.

She said: “I wanted to do this because at the moment, the youngsters at the school do not have anywhere outside for them to play.

“If the children want to go and do sports on a field, they either have to go to the college or go to Daventry Town Football Club.”

Last Thursday, the council’s strategy group unanimously backed the plans which would see a 1.16-acre site from the public open space at the back of the school being used.

The total taken will be around 14 per cent of the available land.

Mrs Withall added: “It will enable the school to hold football matches rather than going elsewhere.

“The school has never had anything like this so it is going to make a big difference.

“I am very pleased that DDC has chosen to back this plan.”

There were a number of councillors who have helped her put through the plans.

Colin Poole, councillor for the Drayton ward, in which the school is sited, said: “The catchment area of the school is huge, it has children from the Middlemore area.

“If this application were to be granted then it would almost certainly enhance what is available at the school.”

The plan will now go out to public consultation and as long as there are no major concerns, the school’s playing field will be developed.

It is not the first time that Mrs Withall has made a bid to improve the school.

In July 2009, she launched a petition to get a zebra crossing outside the school after an incident which nearly saw a car reverse into a pushchair.