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Oxton floodlight concern dismissed by planners
1:29pm Monday 28th October 2013 in News
Residents' concerns that floodlights at an adjoining bowls and social club would interfere with their children’s sleep patterns look set to be dismissed by planners
The Tixall club in Oxton have lodged a proposal with Wirral planning authority for the floodlighting to be installed at their Heathfield Road complex, along with a weather shelter and timber cabin.
Residents in nearby Dudley Close have made representations to the local authority outlining their objections to the scheme.
They claim the floodlights would cause artificial light pollution which would affect young children trying to sleep; the proposals would result in extra traffic parking close to a dangerous junction.
Noise levels from a PA system, spectators and load music would increase and extend into winter months; and unacceptable foul language from members and visitors would increase.
Planners argued that the lights, set in the ‘down’ position, would prevent them shining directly into neighbours’ gardens and houses and that while floodlights would allow play to continue later into the evening, there were no restrictions on the current hours of use.
They suggested it would be reasonable to impose a condition for the lights to be turned off at 9pm.
Wirral Council’s director of technical services traffic management had no objection to the proposal in relation to highway safety – indicating that all critical road sections were protected by waiting restrictions.
Planners concluded that the proposal was acceptable in scale and design and would not be detrimental to the character of the site or the amenities of neighbouring properties.
Their “approved” recommendation will go before Wirral planning authority on Thursday.
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