Bike track plan for Wyke

GOING DOWN The former Wyke Manor School, which is being demolished. (d707c319
GOING DOWN The former Wyke Manor School, which is being demolished. (d707c319

It has seen generations of schoolchildren pass through its doors for more than 50 years, but the former Wyke Manor School is now being reduced to rubble.

Bulldozers have all but completed their work, razing the old building to the ground.

But it won’t remain a derelict site for long, as there are plans for a community sports centre, including the possibility of a bike track, in its place.

The school in Mayfield Avenue was built in 1958, but has now been replaced by the new Appleton Academy.

Ward councillor David Robinson (Ind) said he was excited by the plans.

He said: “We don’t just want this site to be for rugby and football – we are looking at other sports as well such as cycling and bowls.”

The Spenborough Guardian reported last year that the sports complex, which would still keep the old changing room facilities from the school buildings, would help local rugby and football teams by having state-of-the-art training facilities.

But Coun Robinson said that more facilities were being added to the original plans, which would be part-funded by both Bradford Council and sporting groups such as the Rugby Football League and the Football Foundation.

He said: “We have spoken to British Cycling and British Bowls about funding for provisions on the site as well as the rugby and football groups.

“We also want to create housing on the site, and we should have plans in place within the near future.”

“We have already submitted a business plan and I think it will now be a case of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’.

“I am really excited about this – I think it will be good for Wyke.”

Both Appleton Academy and Wyke Library moved to new £24m purpose-built premises on Woodside Road last year.

Fellow ward councillor David Warburton (Lab) also backed the plans for the new sports site.

“The local Labour councillors have been working in partnership with local sports clubs over the past few years since we were aware that Appleton Academy would be re-sited,” he said.

“We are very excited at this major development which will protect the land for community sports use and is part of the longer term investment in regeneration for Wyke and its communities.”