SPORTS clubs in Welshpool will not be left homeless by the advent of a new primary school .

This week work began on a new 360-pupil primary school on the site of Salop Field which will open in September 2019.

In a heartbeat the ancestral home of a vast majority of Welshpool Town Football Club’s junior club’s sides disappeared.

However Powys County Council has committed to ensuring the children of Welshpool do not miss out on sport and recreation with a vow to develop new facilities.

With the town council owned and maintained Maesydre playing fields already at full capacity, the county authority has consulted with local groups, clubs and Welshpool High School to discuss options of compensating the community for the loss of Salop Field.

A spokesman confirmed the negotiations had yielded an agreed pathway forward.

It has been resolved that one grass pitch at Salop Field will be retained during the construction period which will be securely fenced off to allow community and high school use.

Meanwhile governors of the Welshpool Church in Wales Primary School have also agreed to work with local clubs and grant access to the grass pitch on Howell Drive.

Finally works were proposed to upgrade the sporting facilities at Welshpool High School.

“The council is also aware that local clubs are in contact with the town council to discuss how they can work together to provide for the local communities,” read the statement.

The declarations are intended to alleviate the growing concerns of parents and club officials who had feared the loss of a much valued recreation area and no assurances of replacement playing fields confirmed until this week.