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Champion Stafford football team celebrates another win - at the council planning commitee

By Kerry.Ashdown  |  Posted: June 26, 2014

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Brocton FC have just finished a successful season as champions of the Midland Combination Premier League, winning promotion to the Midlands (Alliance) League.

The club now has another reason to celebrate after Stafford Borough Council approved its application to extend its existing facilities at Silkmore Lane Sports Ground, to include a new hospitality and training room, kitchen and toilets.

The application was backed by Staffordshire County Council Staff Club, who use a bowling green on the site, and the football club has proposed a closing time of 11pm.

But dozens of neighbours have objected to the plans. A 69-signature petition was submitted to the council, as were 28 letters of objection.

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Antony Guzy, who spoke on behalf of the objectors at last week’s meeting, said: “We have no objection to sport being played on the field, it is to noise, opening hours, visual impact and rubbish.

“Residents are already sick of the noise emanating from the field whenever there is a football match. There is foul, abusive language which is not appropriate for a residential area where the ground sits.

“We have no objection to the 11pm closing time but only after any night matches. For the rest of the time we request a 9pm closing.”

Brocton FC’s vice chairman Nigel Pepper, who spoke in support of the application, said: “The development will be sited 40 metres from the nearest back gardens along the border of the site.

“At present refreshments are served out of a hatch in the open air, whatever the weather. This will allow refreshments to be served inside.

“These facilities are needed; they are moderate and ancillary to the club’s needs.”

The meeting was told that conditions for approval included no live music, amplified music or karaoke being played inside the clubhouse and that the public address system should be used for essential public information only.

Environmental health officer Robert Simpson told the meeting that existing noise complaints about the sports ground lodged with the council “are few and far between”.

He added: “Raised voices are not something we can deal with as a statutory nuisance."

Councillor Frances Beatty said: “In relation to serving food and drink outside from the hatch, my thinking is if you bring everyone inside that would reduce the noise rather than increase it. This seems like a sensible proposal.”

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