Penarth councillors call for planned hockey pitch opening hours to be cut

Penarth Times: PLANS: Stanwell School has submitted plans for an all-weather multi-functional hockey pitch  (7403738) PLANS: Stanwell School has submitted plans for an all-weather multi-functional hockey pitch (7403738)

PENARTH Town Council has called for the opening hours for a proposed all-weather multi-functional hockey pitch at Stanwell School to be cut to minimise disruption to local residents.

Councillors said the proposed opening hours of 8am until 9.30pm Monday to Friday, as well as 9am until 5pm on weekends and Bank Holidays, were “excessive” and should be cut back to 7pm on weekdays and earlier on weekends.

During the planning and transportation committee meeting on Thursday night, June 19, a number of local residents raised concerns about parking problems, noise and light pollution, and the proposed pitch being rented out to third parties.

One Stanwell Road resident said he was not opposed to the pitch as he wanted it to improve sports facilities for the whole community, but he was questioning the need to rent it out to third parties after school day hours and the disruption it would cause to local residents in the evenings up until 9.30pm.

He added that away teams would be “very disruptive in surrounding roads” and cited the example of two buses colliding in the area last year.

“We are concerned about the noise at night, particularly when people leave the premises.”

He added that up to 7pm was the “perfect opportunity to provide these pitches to the community” and “anything after that really is a bit over the top”.

He added that he believed that the school was more concerned about revenue than local residents.

“We feel that in the past the school has treated Stanwell Road residents with a degree of disdain in favour of revenue. Revenue first, residents second.”

Councillor Philip Rapier, who represents the St Augustine’s ward, said that the hours “seem to be wrong and excessive” and that qualified people should look into whether the light and noise pollution would have “unintended consequences” for surrounding residents.

Councillor Michael Turner, who represents the Plymouth ward, said that he supported the pitch going ahead providing some sort of compromise over the timing. He added that the likes of Penarth Hockey Club could use it to their advantage.

After recently conducting a site visit to the school the councillors also recommended that tree planting should be considered to cut down on light and noise pollution, that there should be restrictions on parking, and that the Vale Council should look at the effectiveness of the flood lights in terms of light pollution.

Councillors Neil Thomas, Michael Turner, Philip Rapier and Michael Cuddy approved the recommendations, Cllr Clive Williams declared an interest as a school governor and left the room, and ‘twin-hatted’ Penarth and Vale Council councillors Mark Wilson, Janice Birch and Gwyn Roberts abstained so they could preserve their views and votes for the Vale Council planning committee.

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11:46am Thu 26 Jun 14

Pratto says...

I despair of the scaremongering and material inaccuracies being presented by local residents regarding the Stanwell School Artificial pitch as, no matter what the facts are regarding this, the NIMBYs seem determined to spout the same old drivel.

The Planning Proposal submitted by Stanwell more than addresses ALL the concerns being rolled out once again by the same old "antis" regarding pitch siting, lighting, noise and parking.

With regards "away teams being disruptive to surrounding roads" and citing "the 2 buses that collided last year", what planet is that particular resident from?

Away teams usually arrive in a maximum of 3 or 4 cars, unless they are university sides which usually come in a single mini bus, Home players, now that could be as many as 5 cars but this would probably reduce if players could actually walk to their home pitch, hardly a peak hour traffic jam is it

At our last home game, I say ‘home’ but we have had to play our ‘home’ games in Barry for the last 25 years because of the lack of such a facility in Penarth, we had the huge number of 3, yes THREE Supporters on the touchline. The Stanwell proposal would struggle to accommodate even that many as there is NO repeat NO spectator space.

Regarding the 9.30pm cut off being "excessive" and a 7pm cut off providing "perfect opportunity to provide these pitches for the community", does this resident actually work?

The Certified Adult Coaches, believe it or not , in an Amateur game, have day jobs and can only run these sessions for youngsters from 7 in the evening so rather than it being ‘a bit over the top’ to allow the use of these facilities after then, it would be ESSENTIAL for the development of young hockey players.

I really do hope the Vale Planning Committee see past the smoke screen of misinformation being thrown up by some loud, NIMBY residents and grant full permission for this excellent and much needed facility.
I despair of the scaremongering and material inaccuracies being presented by local residents regarding the Stanwell School Artificial pitch as, no matter what the facts are regarding this, the NIMBYs seem determined to spout the same old drivel. The Planning Proposal submitted by Stanwell more than addresses ALL the concerns being rolled out once again by the same old "antis" regarding pitch siting, lighting, noise and parking. With regards "away teams being disruptive to surrounding roads" and citing "the 2 buses that collided last year", what planet is that particular resident from? Away teams usually arrive in a maximum of 3 or 4 cars, unless they are university sides which usually come in a single mini bus, Home players, now that could be as many as 5 cars but this would probably reduce if players could actually walk to their home pitch, hardly a peak hour traffic jam is it At our last home game, I say ‘home’ but we have had to play our ‘home’ games in Barry for the last 25 years because of the lack of such a facility in Penarth, we had the huge number of 3, yes THREE Supporters on the touchline. The Stanwell proposal would struggle to accommodate even that many as there is NO repeat NO spectator space. Regarding the 9.30pm cut off being "excessive" and a 7pm cut off providing "perfect opportunity to provide these pitches for the community", does this resident actually work? The Certified Adult Coaches, believe it or not , in an Amateur game, have day jobs and can only run these sessions for youngsters from 7 in the evening so rather than it being ‘a bit over the top’ to allow the use of these facilities after then, it would be ESSENTIAL for the development of young hockey players. I really do hope the Vale Planning Committee see past the smoke screen of misinformation being thrown up by some loud, NIMBY residents and grant full permission for this excellent and much needed facility. Pratto
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6:10pm Thu 26 Jun 14

WelshExile says...

I am now a non resident of Penarth but have been a member of Penarth G S and Penarth HC(>50 yrs.) I have a feeling of deja vu in the situation arising over the proposed(and essential) all weather surface at Stanwell School
I despair at the negative attitude being shown by a small section of the community and the naivety of the council. I understand that new parking will be part of the proposal(off road),the number of cars is being over egged in the objections and the disruption of sound and light are being based on supposition rather than fact or knowledge. This is almost a carbon copy of the previous submission and subsequent downgrading of the requirements.
When will the council realise that it will achieve only what it has the foresight and courage to support or it will allow competitive sport and exercise in it's community to continue to wither and die.This is an opportunity that cannot be missed.
I am now a non resident of Penarth but have been a member of Penarth G S and Penarth HC(>50 yrs.) I have a feeling of deja vu in the situation arising over the proposed(and essential) all weather surface at Stanwell School I despair at the negative attitude being shown by a small section of the community and the naivety of the council. I understand that new parking will be part of the proposal(off road),the number of cars is being over egged in the objections and the disruption of sound and light are being based on supposition rather than fact or knowledge. This is almost a carbon copy of the previous submission and subsequent downgrading of the requirements. When will the council realise that it will achieve only what it has the foresight and courage to support or it will allow competitive sport and exercise in it's community to continue to wither and die.This is an opportunity that cannot be missed. WelshExile
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