Residents kick-off at floodlit pitch plan
RESIDENTS are battling to stop a £400,000 floodlit sports pitch being built close to their homes.
One householder in Lady Lodge Drive, in Orton Longueville, Peterborough, has even written to deputy prime minister Nick Clegg urging him to step into the fight with Peterborough City Council.
Protesters say the sports pitch, which will include the installation of six 15 metre high floodlights, will be a disturbance and will drive away wildlife.
The plans have been drawn up by the council, which wants to put the sports pitch on land at Orton Longueville School, in Oundle Road, Peterborough.
If the plans are approved, the facility will be ready for school and community use by the start of September.
People living in Lady Lodge Drive to the east of the site fear they will be bombarded by “hollering” and “horrendous noise” if it is built. And they are also worried that bats and deer living in the woods between their homes and the proposed pitch will be affected by light pollution.
They have fired off letters of objection to the city council.
Celia Ireland (68) of Lady Lodge Drive, said: “There are bats in the woods, which are an endangered species, and the worst thing for them is light. Deer have also be seen in the woods.
“There are trees, but they are only five deep and in the winter, when it will be used most, there will be no leaves so the light will come though.
She said: “We’re worried about the noise in the evenings.
“We hear children play in the day time and that’s fine, but to hear shouting and hollering at night, it will be horrendous.”
Neighbour Joyce Huff (73) said: “Bats fly about in the spinney and it’s filled with wildlife including deer and badgers. They say the floodlights won’t affect us because the pitch is shielded by trees, but they are bare in winter months.
“It’s the noise I’m really worried about. I can’t go out very much - – I care for my husband, who had a stroke, and my daughter has Down’s syndrome – and my garden is my bit of freedom. The noise is going to be atrocious. It makes me so angry. I’ve lived her for 35 years and as you get older, you want peace and quiet, but we’re not going to get any.”
A city council spokeswoman said that a range of surveys covering ar- chaeology, wildlife, trees, lighting, acoustics and the travel choices of users have been carried out as part of the planning application.
She added: “The planning team will consider the results of these surveys when making a decision.”
Residents are able to make comments during the consultation period which has been extended until 5pm on Thursday, July 15.
ANGRY: Joyce Huff (right), with Lady Lodge Drive residents concerned about plans to build an all-weather pitch.