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Goal! Doxey centre's inadvertent role

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: April 02, 2014

Goal! Doxey centre's inadvertent role
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NO - this really isn’t a set of brick-built goalposts.

The designers of the Doxey Hub - formerly known as the William Sutton Centre - may have thought they were creating a welcoming entrance porch.

But its remarkable resemblance to a goal mouth is causing problems for the Konnectiv community arts group now running the building, with the Doxey Hub Steering Group, on behalf of Affinity Sutton.

"We have a nice flat area of Tarmac outside, and a porch that looks like a goal, so we are starting to get problems with damage to the building caused by kids playing football outside,” explained community worker Nicky Barron.

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"When we took over last autumn nearly half the tiles on the roof were broken. And now the weather is improving, we have started to get more breakages from footballs hitting the roof."

Konnectiv volunteers are planning a leafleting campaign to explain the problem to local families and to ask their children to hone their goal-shooting skills elsewhere.

"We are not getting at young people and we do realise there are not many places to play in the area, but we want to avoid the expense of continual roof repairs," Ms Barron added.

"People have come up with a few ideas, from renovating a derelict football pitch off Greensome Lane, to covering the roof with wire netting.

"And if local youngsters have their own ideas we would be very happy to hear them."

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