Floodlights bid for thriving sports club

PUBLISHED: 07:00 23 August 2019

Nailsea and Backwell Rugby Club.

Nailsea and Backwell Rugby Club.

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A sports club in Nailsea wants to install floodlights at its grounds to cope with its swelling numbers.

Nailsea and Backwell Rugby Club has applied to North Somerset Council for permission to install floodlights to the south of the site in West End Lane.

The club has more than 320 junior members - aged five to 18 - along with a thriving girls' section and senior teams.

Members believe adding lights will enable the club to grow and prevent matches and training sessions from being cancelled.

The club's planning application states: "The club is increasing in size, through increased player numbers from the local community.

"The additional floodlights will enable the club to rotate its midweek training for seniors and juniors, and therefore manage the use of its training facilities, reduce damage to pitches and give them more time to recover.

"This will lead to a reduction in cancelled training and matches for the whole club and more sport for the community."

The new floodlit pitch would be used by the junior and senior sections of the club for midweek training.

The floodlights would be turned off at 9.30pm on Mondays to Saturdays and 8pm on Sundays.

The statement adds: "This will have great benefit to the club and wider community by improving the facilities at the club.

"The light design has been carefully considered to minimise obtrusive light spillage.

"The location of the pitch, remote from any existing buildings and the lighting design means any impact will be negligible."

Homes are due to be built to the south of the site, and concerns have been raised about the affect the floodlights could have on the new houses as well as the horseshoe bat population.

Nailsea Town Council has recommended the application is approved, subject to the ecology officer being satisfied the bat corridor will not be adversely impacted and on condition the hours of use for the floodlights are adhered to.

Cllr Claire Hunt, speaking at a planning meeting on August 14, said: "It's great we can have houses and sport on the land.

"I want to make sure the houses don't take away from sport and sport doesn't take away from the houses.

"If Barratt's really don't think it's going to affect the houses, then I believe it."

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