Res­i­dents kick-off at floodlit pitch plan

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&World Update - By ASHA ME­HTA

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.

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