Plans to build 3G pitch at school site splits opinion

Plans to build 3G pitch at school site splits opinion

by Tom Martin (May 2021)

AN all-weather football pitch will be installed at a school in Crosby after plans were given the green light by the council  despite opposition from some local residents.

The 3G pitch will be built at Chesterfield High School after a planning application was approved by  Sefton Council  on Wednesday, June 2 to create the synthetic turf pitch with associated sports fencing, a spectator area and floodlights.

This will be for the use of both the school and also the wider community, with locals able to hire the pitches seven days a week, up until 10pm on weekdays and 6pm on weekends.

It will be built as a standard 11-a-side pitch, but can also be used for smaller sized teams who want to play 7-a-side or 5-a-side.

However, a petition with 59 backers was submitted to the council, with some of the concerns raised including “light disturbance associated with floodlights” and the pitches being open until 10pm on weekdays.

There were also 32 individual objections from residents bordering the school, who also said the proposed pitch is too close to their homes.

However, the council also received 162 letters of support, with those in favour of the proposal saying it will “enhance the facilities at the school and be of great benefit to the physical and mental health of children.”

The planning application submitted by the school explains how the facility will be paid for by the Football Association.

It states: “The FA have identified a need within the local area for a 3G pitch and as part of the FA framework are prepared to fund the introduction of an appropriate facility at Chesterfield High School.

“An artificial grass pitch will provide a good quality football facility that removes weather as a factor and ensures sports fixtures, curriculum activities and general training are not cancelled due to adverse weather or ground conditions.

“The introduction of this new proposal will expand and improve the facilities available at the school and within the wider community, thus encouraging a wider range of participants.

“The synthetic pitch will help to raise the standard of play and training opportunities within the local area as well as hopefully enhancing pupils’ enjoyment of sport.

“This facility is expected to primarily be used for football although the facility would also be available for other appropriate general training/physical education activities.

“The new facility would be located on the existing grass playing field. It has however been positioned in such a way that existing grass football pitches, rounders and running track can be retained alongside the proposed AGP.”

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