Concern over lighting plan at sports club

Lostock St Gerards FC where there are parking problems on Wateringpool Lane
Lostock St Gerards FC where there are parking problems on Wateringpool Lane
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A Leyland football club has been shown the red card over parking problems outside their ground.

Residents on Wateringpool Lane are outraged at plans for floodlights to be installed at Lostock St Gerrards FC and fear it could spark more teams to play at the ground.

Residents say this will make it even more difficult to pull out of their properties in the evenings.

One resident, who did not wish to be named, said: “It can be horrendous at weekends as cars block your driveways.

“It means they could be running sessions until 9.30pm at night - which will be a nightmare.

“The club is more successful than it has ever been and that is why more people want to use the ground.”

The club play in the West Lancashire Premier League after being promoted to the top flight two seasons ago.

Another nearby resident said: “I quite like having the football club there and the community events there.

“However, you cannot get down the road when the teams are playing.

“I think there should be some sort of arrangements for people to park on the some of the pitches in the ground because it would leave more space for local people.

“I have been living here for the past five years and it can be so difficult to drive down the road when the cars are lining both sides of street.”

Chairman Philip Tinsley said: “We did get planning permission for the floodlights but it cannot go ahead until we have provided South Ribble Council with a traffic management scheme.

“I can understand residents’ concerns and parking has been an ongoing problem which will get resolved but it won’t be overnight.

“We are part of the community and I know many of the neighbours go to the ground. We will come up with a solution whether it is providing parking on site or not.”