Opposition to more car parking at leisure centre

FX Leisure in Leyland
FX Leisure in Leyland

A Leyland leisure centre has put plans forward for 59 car parking spaces because the facility is so busy.

But residents living in the area have objected to the plans by FX Leisure, on King Street, because of noise problems.

The retrospective application, which includes landscaping, has been sent to South Ribble Council, but resident Simon Benson, of Pembroke Place, has sent a letter opposing the scheme.

He said: “The extra car parking which is already in place has caused a significant increase in noise and disturbance, sometimes as late as 10.30pm, seven days a week.

“When constructed, the car park caused a huge disturbance for our property and ourselves, and when reported, it came to light that no planning at all had been given for any parking at the rear of the gym.”

He added: “We would welcome planting to absorb noise and pollution and improve the overall look.”

A spokesman for the leisure centre, James Scott, from V A Consulting, explained that when the original application for the club was approved, parking for the Lancashire Football and Leyland Sports Associations were designed and have been provided, but people sometimes park in the wrong place.

He said: “Since the new all-weather pitches provided by Lancashire Football Association adjacent to FX (opened) it has certainly increased the number of people parking in the FX parking area.

“That’s the reason FX provided more spaces at the rear of the club, purely as overspill in very busy times.”

He added: “The heavily landscaped area, together with the existing concrete boundary fencing, should provide adequate protection to adjoining residents for the limited usage envisaged.”

Around 20 of the spaces will be allocated to staff members.