Floodlighting causes concerns

November 08 2013

Residents have raised concerns about potential o floodlighting, as part of the Gloucestershire County Cricket Club development plans.

Residents have raised concerns about potential o floodlighting, as part of the Gloucestershire County Cricket Club development plans. 
Alison Orton, a member of HowZat? - a residents' group set up to challenge and revise the expansion plans of GCCC - said: "We know that many local people are concerned at the prospect of permanent floodlights at the cricket ground.
"As of yet we are not aware of detailed proposals. However, we hope that the club will conduct a public consultation at an early stage, before any planning application is submitted."
Will Brown, the newly-appointed chief cxecutive of GCCC, stated: "In order for us to bid for matches and sustain international cricket, floodlighting is essential for the club. It will have great financial benefits.
"However, we know that it will be a contentious issue, so we're going to do whatever we can to work alongside the residents."
Mr Brown added: "As a club, we believe how we engage with the local community is fundamental."
If planning permission for floodlighting is approved, the lights could be implemented by next December.
The overall development of the cricket ground - which encompasses around 5000 permanent seats and the Bristol Pavilion - is set to be completed by June 2014.
The majority of the building work to the Linden Homes housing development, carried out by Galliford Try, is to be finished by August 2014.
John Young, senior project development manager for Galliford Try, stated: "In essence, everything is going to plan."

Computer generated image of the new County Cricket Ground entrance