Residents hope football plan gets the boot

Thurston Road football ground in Leyland is already well used in the evenings
Thurston Road football ground in Leyland is already well used in the evenings

People are kicking off over plans to extend a football pitch site in Leyland.

The Lancashire Football Association wants to expand the facilities at its County Ground in Thurston Road, due to increasing demand.

But residents have written to South Ribble Council’s planning department, objecting to the proposals.

They argue that allowing more teams to play there will add to noise nuisance in the evenings, and say that permission to erect six more floodlight pylons should be refused because the existing ones are already too bright.

Stuart Ashcroft, from Pembroke Place, wrote: “I wish to protest in the strongest possible terms regarding the planning proposal.

“(My house) shares an immediate boundary to the site, and the existing set of floodlights and football pitches cause constant noise nuisance until 10pm each night, with foul and abusive language.

“The lights are extremely powerful and cause distraction in the evenings.”

Neil Ashcroft, from the same household, added that plans for additional fencing, together with the existing fencing, “will give the appearance of living next to a prison.”

He said: “The floodlights and proposed fencing will be widely visible from within Pembroke Place and considered that this will detract from the character and appearance of the Sandy Lane Conservation Area and will neither enhance or preserve it.”

He said one of the bedrooms would be unusable and

that he and his wife would look to move house if the plans are passed.

Supporting documents from the applicant read: “Our facility is open seven days a week, and provides community, educational and commercial use. We are struggling to meet rising demand.

“The project would not only meet direct demand for increased football provision, but increased involvement in football will provide wider benefits for the community, including improved health and fitness, raised aspiration and achievement, and reduction in anti-social behaviour and crime.”

The applications is expected to be decided under delegated powers.