Debate on under-threat sports facilities to continue

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DONCASTER’s miners welfare sports fields could be saved after the council agreed to fresh talks over their future.

Officials at welfare clubs across the borough raised concerns over a decision by Doncaster Council’s ruling cabinet to end an agreement which saw the authority provide grounds maintenance.

But they fear if the agreement ends, it could mean the sports fields close because of a lack of cash.

Now fresh talks are to be held over the plans after they were debated by Doncaster Council’s all party overview and scrutiny management committee, which was called in by six councillors concerned about lack of communication over the plans.

Committee chairman Coun John Mounsey said: “We went through a discussion and what came out is that there will be a full and proper consultation taking place with Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation and the separate welfares involved.

“There will then be a report back to the cabinet in three months’ time.

“There have been a lot of concerns, and they have been raised at the meeting, and I think the mayor has a better understanding of how the miners welfares work now.

“The only way to sort this problem out is by negotiation and discussion and I’m hopeful that a solution can be reached.”

Officials from CISWO, plus Askern, Bentley, Brodsworth and Mexborough miners welfare clubs attended the meeting.

The plan to end support for miners welfares would affect 14 sites in the area - Mexborough, Thorne/Moorends, Armthorpe, Bentley, Denaby and Cadeby, Rossington, Brodsworth, Stainforth/Hatfield Main, Dunscroft/Hatfield Main, Askern, Edlington/Yorkshire Main and Highfields, all of which would have to provide their own maintenance.

The grounds are used for football, cricket and bowls.

Maintenance will end on April 1, 2012 if the cuts go ahead.