Black mark for plan to light Fulwood Academy pitch

ANGER: People living near Fulwood Academy object to floodlights
ANGER: People living near Fulwood Academy object to floodlights
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Controversial plans to put floodlights up on the sports pitch at Fulwood Academy have earned a black mark from residents.

Hundreds of people living near the £25m school in Black Bull Lane, have protested about the scheme, due to go before Preston Council on Monday.

The application, for eight 12 metre high floodlighting columns, was originally submitted last summer.

It would normally have been dealt with under delegated powers but was “called in” for debate by local councillor Damien Moore because of a host of complaints about potential light, noise and associated nuisances, which residents say causes headaches because it is too close to homes.

Since the original proposals the height of the lighting columns have been reduced by three metres, the light spillage and the hours of use have also been cut.

But residents, who met on Tuesday night, said they are already suffering noise and light disturbance from both the school and other teams using the facilities out of school hours and fear problems will escalate.

Peter Rawling, who lives in Conway Drive, said: “We are not opposed to the school. We live near a school but it is a great pitch in the wrong place. It is too close to the properties.”

So far 142 letters of objection and 43 in support have been lodged.

Residents are calling for a site meeting before any decision is made and will present their case to the committee.