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Council should reconsider pitch lighting

PUBLISHED: 10:53 10 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:44 05 July 2010

REGARDING the council's refusal to give permission for the floodlighting at Camps Heath football pitch.

It astonishes me that local planning officers can justify refusing such an application where not more than 100 metres away they have approved land to be used to build 800 new homes, which, in turn, will create in excess of 800 additional environmental issues of their own; lighting being the very least of them.

REGARDING the council's refusal to give permission for the floodlighting at Camps Heath football pitch.

It astonishes me that local planning officers can justify refusing such an application where not more than 100 metres away they have approved land to be used to build 800 new homes, which, in turn, will create in excess of 800 additional environmental issues of their own; lighting being the very least of them.

I understand that the teams will have to pay around £40 an hour to use council facilities, where as Mr Read charges just £12.50 to cover his costs, which in turn assists the teams themselves to cut down on costs and enable less privileged youngsters to participate, and it is for this reason that I find it hard to believe that a council, working for the local community, would prevent a non profit making scheme which aims to give the local youths a place to go in safety in order to play supervised football.

It is my firm belief that opportunities like this should be applauded and whole-heartedly encouraged.

We are repeatedly told that young people create problems hanging around on street corners and how children should be encouraged to exercise more and participate in team building sports in order to develop those qualities we look for in a valuable citizen and yet here is a very real opportunity being hindered only by what I considered to be a very short-sighted decision.

The traffic implications of allowing this pitch to be floodlit during the short time it is used in the evenings are minimal as space for parking on site is more than adequate and as for increasing traffic - this will be a very short lived concern given the nature of the building which is about to take place.

I strongly urge the council to reconsider this decision. It is my firm belief that opportunities like this should be applauded and whole-heartedly encouraged.

JULIAN BODMER

Lowestoft

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