Cricket club ‘must be a good neighbour’ over floodlights at ground

August 04 2014

GLOUCESTERSHIRE County Cricket Club opened its doors last month in a bid to inform residents about its controversial plans for floodlighting.

GLOUCESTERSHIRE County Cricket Club opened its doors last month in a bid to inform residents about its controversial plans for floodlighting.
The club plans to erect six 45m floodlight columns around the pitch in order to host large-scale matches, such as the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
They hope to submit a planning application to the council later this year.
Sixty-six people turned up to the three drop-in sessions, with around two-thirds of the feedback being "positive".
Two-thousand letters were distributed to local residents inviting them to the sessions.
Will Brown, chief executive of the club, said: “The club has already been massively improved over the last 18 months and we are very grateful to local people for their patience. However, in order to secure the club’s presence here in the heart of Bristol, we need the ability to host the really big matches.
“If we want to bid to host the Cricket World Cup and other major matches, we need floodlights. This is a requirement of the England and Wales Cricket Board.
“Bristol is a world-class city in many ways, but it currently lacks international sporting facilities. This would be great for sport in Bristol, but also great for tourism, traders and the city’s world-wide profile.”
Bringing floodlights to the ground would also allow the club to host other games such as International T20s, One-Day Internationals, the ICC Champions Trophy and the One-Day Women’s Cricket World Cup.
The lights will be used up to 15 times during a season - which runs from April to September - and will be dimmed after 11pm and turned off at 11.45pm.
The clubs says that hosting later games would "ease traffic congestion", giving residents time to return home from work and park.
Vince Balaam, who lives next to the ground on Kennington Avenue, said: "I'm supportive of the floodlights, and I'm here to support the club - I think the ground is a great asset to area.
"The ground was very tired before, but looking at the ground now, the development has been done really well and I think the communication with the residents has been done well."
A resident, who lives in Salthrop Road, which is adjacent to the ground, said: "We already suffer quite a lot from anti-social, drunken behaviour after the matches, such as bollards being thrown and people urinating in our garden.
"Floodlighting means bigger matches, which means more anti-social behaviour. If they do get the floodlights, they need to be responsible neighbours."

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