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Liverpool school divided over plans for 3G pitch

woensdag 6 juni 2018

The plan by Formby High School to have a 3G pitch installed is received with mixed reactions with some parents voicing concerns over alleged health risks.

Some parents are pointing out that crumb rubber used in 3G pitches contains toxic chemicals including mercury, led, benzene and arsenic. While this is not disputed, various international studies have concluded that there is no reason to believe that these components can result in health or environmental risks. The market has also a variety of alternative infill materials on offer while there is even the option of having a non-infill pitch installed.

‘We have been working towards the development of a 3G pitch facility at the school for some time, which would transform an existing playing field into a state-of-the-art sports facility for the local community.

‘We have been very open about this process - we have information about it on the school website, have held one public event for residents on a Saturday morning last month, and have another meeting with residents from neighbouring properties this week,’ says headteacher Dominic MacKenzie in an attempt to calm down the dispute.

The school intends to apply for funds from the Football Foundation to fund the installation. Formby Parish Council has agreed to give the school GBP 50,000 towards the pitch.

door Guy Oldenkotte

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