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Marlborough College gets the nod for more floodlights
12:00pm Friday 30th August 2013 in News
AN application for floodlights on hockey pitches at Marlbor-ough College has been approved despite residents’ concerns over light and noise pollution.
The eastern area planning committee imposed a condition to ensure the college turns the lights out at 9pm, after discussing the issue at a meeting last Thursday.
The college will now replace the eight existing 16 metre floodlight columns on the western pitch with eight 15 metre high lighting columns and a further eight 15 metre floodlight columns will be erected on their second pitch to enable the facility to be used in the winter months.
There were no objections to the replacement of the old floodlights, but some residents were unhappy about the planned addition of lighting on the second pitch. John Ivory lives in Hyde Lane, less than 40 metres from the pitch. He said: “Floodlights will emit a field of light right outside our bedroom, and there will be an inevitable increase in noise.
“My wife, who is an airline pilot, works shifts and the disturbance will interrupt her required rest.”
Supporters of the application argued that lighting the pitch would give more flexibility to groups that use that facility and allow some clubs to expand.
Julian Beckett, sports facility manager at Marlborough College, said: “A number of clubs have asked to use the pitches but have had to be turned away due to lack of capacity.
“ The introduction of lights will allow them to have greater use of the pitches.”
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