Objection to club's floodlight plans

By Emily Pearce

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

 

THE Isle of Wight Rugby Football Club has applied for planning permission to install floodlights at its Wootton pitch, but residents have raised concerns about the impact of light pollution.

The club has been awarded a £38,000 grant by the Rugby Football Union after it was chosen to become a Lead Up and Legacy Centre for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, which is being staged in England and Wales.

The club hopes to use the money to install six floodlights at the rugby pitch and training area, at Wootton Recreation Ground, and a further £10,000 to refurbish the clubhouse. It will have to match fund the grants.

Club president Paul Simpson said: "It won't be the death of the club if we don't get planning permission, but for the club to flourish and grow and attract more youngsters it is important. It would mean we could train in the evenings, for maybe an hour-and-a-half, twice a week, and we would be happy for other clubs and schools to use it — it could be a facility for the whole community."

Wootton Bridge Parish Council objected to the plans at its meeting last Tuesday (18), after concerns were raised by residents living next to the ground.

The application includes detailed information explaining how light spillage would be kept to a minimum, but councillors have asked for an environmental impact assessment to be carried out to determine how the 15m high floodlights would affect neighbouring properties.

Consultation on the planning application closes on March 7. The plans can be viewed here.

Reporter: emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by Keven Ball

3rd March 2014, at 19:55:37

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by Keven Ball

28th February 2014, at 15:35:32

Err Neil, read it again old boy - I said in my opinion... your opinion is different but this doesn't mean it is right or wrong... o dear!

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by Keven Ball

27th February 2014, at 21:35:45

I used to live in Shanklin and goodness me the theatre is awful (in my opinion). I guess if you have nothing to compare it to, it would look great...

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by Keven Ball

27th February 2014, at 21:33:16

@ James,
I agree 100% there - certain people add nothing to a debate and just post for no reason at all, as I have noticed frequently! This is crazy regarding the flood lights, is the news team having a laugh or is this really a true story? Who had the 'bright' idea...Ha!

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by Frank Bushell

27th February 2014, at 17:14:34

I live adjacent to Ryde tennis club. They installed floodlights 3 years ago. No problem.If the right lights are installed, it gives good light to the club and almost no light pollution.It also allows sports people to pursue there hobby through the dark winter evenings.

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by James McAdder

27th February 2014, at 13:00:08

I don't think Mike read our posts properly, Keven, which were, clearly, about new developments.

And we all know how he feels about that. Unless its a bridge, a subject on which he remains sitting on the fence.

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by Keven Ball

27th February 2014, at 11:35:18

That has to be the funny one yet Mike "As far as I know, nobody has objected to the investment of time and money put into Shanklin Theatre in the last 5 years". Do you mean that old building that looks as though it will collapse at any given time? I feel you might have to try a little hard to get headlines for that! And is that all the people said yes to? My word!

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by neil jacks

27th February 2014, at 09:04:06

Have any of you ever been on Wootton park. Do you know the proposed positioning of the lights in relation to residential property. Have any of you attended meetings regarding these lights where timings and impact have been discussed? For God's sake, some of you don't even live on the island. What gives you the right to pass comment without any knowledge on the matter whatsoever. Still, that is what some on this site do all day,particularly the recent ever present contributer. If you want to pass comment on this matter in such a flippant manor, I suggest you visit the parish council office for further details. Perhaps then with some knowledge you could pass comment. Is amazing how some of you rubbish other people's objections and then expect support from those very people when you have objections of your own. Shame on you all.

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by James McAdder

27th February 2014, at 07:26:35

There is, in any case, John Atkins, a world of difference between generalised light pollution and a set of lights that are turned on for matches and training sessions.

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by James McAdder

27th February 2014, at 07:22:38

And your point is?

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