Contested plans to develop a new set of recreational pitches in Bristol could be settled by a compromise between the council and residents over security fencing.

Locals, dog walkers and ramblers have been against the £750,000 plans to build three pitches for Fairfield High School in Purdown since 2003, the Bristol Evening Post reported.

Despite a public inquiry ruling in 2009 that the pitches could be built, work has still not begun and the school's management say they are desperately needed.

In order to reach a compromise, Bristol City Council is set to meet with residents to discuss changing the proposed size of the security fencing and whether the public would be able to use the pitches.

"There's an aspiration to get something more sympathetic along the lines of different fencing rather than great big fences," Clare Campion-Smith, Bristol city councillor, told the newspaper.

"But we recognise we need to get these playing pitches. The school can't carry on as it is. We need to look at how we might stop it looking as though we have excluded the public," she added.

However, Sue Flint, chair of Friends of South Purdown, told the newspaper she felt the site was not suitable for the pitches.

Talks will take place at a neighbourhood forum in the new year.

Recently, it was reported that a public forum will take place in Braintree over security fencing that surrounds a playing field

According to the Braintree & Witham Times, the council erected the fencing over reports of anti-social behaviour, but some residents say it has blocked off a shortcut.ADNFCR-3337-ID-800274090-ADNFCR