Despair over Stanwell School pitch scaremongering

First published in Letters

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 three or four cars, unless they are university sides which usually come in a single mini bus., Home players, now that could be as many as five 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 three, 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.

Nick Pratt

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2:58pm Tue 15 Jul 14

MisterKoff says...

As a resident on Stanwell Road who will be affected by the noise and light pollution of the proposed all weather sports (ok, hockey) pitch I would like to understand exactly to whom I should be complaining. While Stanwell School have their name on the application, going by the press campaign of those in favour of the development, it seems I should in fact be complaining to Penarth Hockey Club, who appear to the majority benefactors of this new pitch - and not the 'community'.

For those in favour, it is very convenient to label residents as NIMBYs, because to do so conceals the detail which has caused the majority of objections - which is that the pitch will be used by Penarth Hockey Club for the majority of the time that it is proposed to be available to the community. Penarth Hockey Club have five teams, Penarth, Penarth A, Penarh B, Veterans and Juniors, should all five teams be required to train only once per week then that is Mon-Fri's slots taken care of. Should any of these teams need the pitch for competitive fixtures then that is the weekend and bank holiday slots taken care of. Perhaps a representative of Penarth Hockey Club could respond with the training schedule for the club's five tiers for the season ahead and allay my worst fears?

J. Keogh
Stanwell Road (just opposite the proposed hockey pitch)
As a resident on Stanwell Road who will be affected by the noise and light pollution of the proposed all weather sports (ok, hockey) pitch I would like to understand exactly to whom I should be complaining. While Stanwell School have their name on the application, going by the press campaign of those in favour of the development, it seems I should in fact be complaining to Penarth Hockey Club, who appear to the majority benefactors of this new pitch - and not the 'community'. For those in favour, it is very convenient to label residents as NIMBYs, because to do so conceals the detail which has caused the majority of objections - which is that the pitch will be used by Penarth Hockey Club for the majority of the time that it is proposed to be available to the community. Penarth Hockey Club have five teams, Penarth, Penarth A, Penarh B, Veterans and Juniors, should all five teams be required to train only once per week then that is Mon-Fri's slots taken care of. Should any of these teams need the pitch for competitive fixtures then that is the weekend and bank holiday slots taken care of. Perhaps a representative of Penarth Hockey Club could respond with the training schedule for the club's five tiers for the season ahead and allay my worst fears? J. Keogh Stanwell Road (just opposite the proposed hockey pitch) MisterKoff
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