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GOVERNMENT TO ACT OVER SCHOOL PLAYING FIELDS' SALES

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The government is to introduce legislation to make it much more difficult to sell school playing fields, according ...
The government is to introduce legislation to make it much more difficult to sell school playing fields, according to Radio 5 Live.

This will require all proposed sell-offs to be notified to the government, which will scrutinise the proposals. No sales will be allowed without the permission of the education secretary.

About 6,000 fields have been sold-off during the past 12 years leading to concerns that physical education and sporting standards are being hit.

The Central Council for Physical Recreation has welcomed the government's move. It has campaigned for years against the sale of playing fields and it still wants to see the government establish a nationwide register of all local authority playing field and recreation land.

The new legislation will require any proposal by state schools to sell playing fields to be submitted to the education secretary. At present that requirement applies only to grant-maintained schools
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