Residents across the Shinfield area have been called to action as the future of grassroots sports and green spaces is up for debate.

This consultation, which includes the delivery of six additional sports pitches is hosted jointly by Reading University and Shinfield Parish Council.

It will enable residents to have their say on how the future sports and leisure facilities should be shaped throughout the community.

Ian Clarke, chairman of Shinfield Parish Council’s Recreation & Amenities Committee, said: “Sport and recreation are vital to any vibrant, healthy community, and Shinfield Parish residents deserve the best.

“We want to hear from everyone in the parish who has a view on the future of our sport and leisure so we can deliver as much as possible of what our residents need for years to come. We especially welcome ideas on the provision of facilities for young adults and women.”

The event will take part on Saturday, January 28, from 10am to 3pm and will include a chance to see plans for new sports facilities and communal growing spaces, with input sought from sports and recreation clubs and societies, their members, and others across the area.

Although the University has already put forward proposals for a further six sports pitches as part of a Reserved Matters Application for the site, they plan to consult with local residents on what type of pitches these should be.

Options could include sports pitches for football, hockey, rugby, American football, tennis, or other sports – depending on the demand from local people and clubs.

The University and the Parish Council also want to consult local people on their aspirations for a new community growing space in Shinfield.

Professor Robert Van de Noort, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading, said: “The University of Reading has been part of the fabric of Wokingham for more than 100 years and we want to help shape the future of the Borough and the facilities that exist for local residents.

“Sustainability is at the heart of what we do and by providing this community growing garden we would open up opportunities for sustainable food growing and increased biodiversity, as well as educational opportunities for school children.

“We know the importance of grass root sports facilities for local communities, and the vital part they have played in the early careers of many sporting legends. We are proud to be delivering these new facilities in the next few months and years, as well as planning ahead for future demand.”