Councillors and residents object to Cricket Club floodlight extension.

By Simon Sansome 
Aylestone residents and councillors are objecting to plans by Leicestershire County Cricket Club to increase the length of time its floodlights are used.
The cricket club has made a planning application to extend the usage of its floodlights around its Grace Road ground in Leicester.
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The application made to Leicester City Council Planning Committee, will allow extended usage of the flood light, from 10 days a year to being able to light up the cricket ground daily up to 11.30pm, although the club does not anticipate using the lights more than currently permitted.
Eight letters objecting to the planning application have been received by the city council. One of the letters received was from Aylestone ward councillor, Nigel Porter. 
He said: “The floodlights are an eyesore having a detrimental impact on the character of the neighbourhood.
“The proposal to highlight these unsightly structures in the middle of the day is unacceptable and will not preserver the character of the area.
“They will have an environmental impact on the wider community and is there a genuine requirement for the proposed changes? 
“Floodlights during daylight hours are a step too far and I respectfully request the application is refused.”
The club told the Leicester Mercury it needed the restrictions lifted because Grace Road is to host matches in the Women’s World Cup in June and it wants to avoid losing match time when light is poor, even in daylight hours, but insists, despite the application, it has no intention of using the lights more than on 10 occasions each season.
One resident, Lynda Grant, in an objection email to Leicester City Council calls the floodlights an ‘eyesore and nuisance’ and added: “With each season we see the cricket ground become more less of a cricket venue and more of a multi entertainment park.”
Planning officers have recommended that the application be approved. 
The planning application will be heard at the Planning Committee meeting at City Hall on Wednesday April 5 at 5.30, planning application number 20170216.

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