A new all-weather football pitch for the whole of Peterborough to use has moved a step closer despite fears from neighbouring residents.
The floodlit 3G pitch and refurbished pavilion at Brookside, by Fulbridge Road and Storrington Way in Werrington, will cost around £1 million and will be used by Voyager Academy and two as yet unconfirmed local teams.
But a petition of 202 signatories objecting to the plans were put forward with residents concerned over added noise and light and intrusion into their homes.
The new facilities could be in place for September 2016 but only if Sport England, which alongside the Football Association is supplying funding, agrees to revised opening hours put forward by Peterborough City Council’s planning committee as a condition for approving the project.
The hours of play would be 9am to 7.30pm on weekdays and 10am to 7pm at weekends.
Speaking on Tuesday Wendy Newey, secretary of the Peterborough and District Football League, said: “The situation on the site is a derelict building that is subject to regular vandalism. We want to grow it with local people to bring the site back into use for the benefit of the community.”
Councillor Darren Fower, member for Werrington South, said however: “This application is a lovely idea but does not benefit or enhance the direct community.”
Fellow ward member Cllr Julia Davidson claimed traffic would increase ten-fold, while David Hedges representing the Werrington Neighbourhood Council said: “These people are going to see their peace disrupted and the devaluation of their properties.”
The 3G pitch would be split into small-sized pitches for groups to use and could also provide wheelchair and walking football.