New plea in school fight

Tinsley Recreation Ground, which has been earmarked for new school
Tinsley Recreation Ground, which has been earmarked for new school
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Campaigners fighting plans for a school on their community green are set to put forward an alternative site.

Tinsley residents are in talks with Rotherham United Football Club over a potential sell-off of grounds in Bawtry Road, Brinsworth.

They plan to take a proposal to Sheffield Council in the quest to prevent them building a primary and infant school on Tinsley Green recreation ground.

While the 14-acre site falls into Rotherham territory, it is just over one mile from the proposed location.

Muzafer Rahman, of Tinsley Residents Action Group, said: “We’ve had several meetings with the club and it looks as though they would be willing to sell off the site, or even part of it.

“We are doing what the council should have done before they said they were going to build on the only community green space in Tinsley.

“They told us to find an alternative site so that’s what we are doing. We just hope they take this seriously.”

When contacted by The Star the council did not state whether it would consider a site in Rotherham.

A council spokesman said: “No decisions have been made. We will be liaising with a working group of local stakeholders and there is a six-week consultation taking place, which we are keen for people to engage with.”