Council to pitch deal on Feniscowles rec site

Blackburn Citizen: The War Memorial Recreation Site in Feniscowles where football sessions are planned The War Memorial Recreation Site in Feniscowles where football sessions are planned

PROPOSALS to turn a popular dog walking patch of grassland in Feniscowles into a football pitch for young players are set to spark a row today.

Councillors have been recommended to give the scheme the green light despite objections from neighbours.

Officials have said the use of the meadow at the War Memorial Recreation Site, in Livesey Branch Road, should be subject to strict conditions and banned in the summer.

The trustees of the recreation site plan to attend the meeting of Blackburn with Darwen planning committee on Thursday to ask its member to approve the use of the new pitch during the summer months.

Officials recommend that only players between six and 16 should use the pitch for football on set hours at weekends between September and April.

Their concern follows fears from nearby residents that their homes would be overlooked and footballs kicked into their gardens.

The report to the committee, chaired by Labour’s Dave Smith, said the proposed restrictions make it ‘unlikely that this situation will occur on a regular basis’.

The trustees had asked for use at weekends and three evenings a week in the summer.

The proposed development, in the south-eastern corner of the site, would take the number of football pitches at the site to four and involve chopping down a tree.

The recreation site already has a cricket pitch, bowling green and three tennis courts.

It has been the home of junior football teams since the 1950s, with Feniscowles and Pleasington Junior Football Club , known as ‘Fenny Reccers’ taking control in 2006.

The club’s chairman Michael Caton said: “We hope to get three minutes at the meeting to persuade councillors to ease the proposed restrictions.

“We really need the pitch on summer evenings to get children active and fit when the cricket pitch is in use.

“We will make sure there is no nuisance to neighbours”

Livesey with Pleasington councillor Derek Hardman, who sits on the committee, said: “This is a difficult one. The residents are very concerned about disturbance.

“The club want longer hours. Planning officials have put forward a compromise and we will find out on Thursday if that satisfies everyone.”

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6:56pm Thu 20 Feb 14

mr_sheens says...

This is such a one sided and biased report. The club had one resident who has tried their best to block the planning permission. When you way this up against the 200 plus children aged 4-15 who would benefit from playing sports, getting out from behind their xboxes and get them fit, it should be a no brainer even for anyone with just half a brain.

Lets hope common sense prevails and these children get what they are trying so hard to achieve.

S. Smith
This is such a one sided and biased report. The club had one resident who has tried their best to block the planning permission. When you way this up against the 200 plus children aged 4-15 who would benefit from playing sports, getting out from behind their xboxes and get them fit, it should be a no brainer even for anyone with just half a brain. Lets hope common sense prevails and these children get what they are trying so hard to achieve. S. Smith mr_sheens

9:19pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Read all about it ..... says...

This will surely be organised sporting activities and not just louts from the neighbouring estate causing a disturbance.
BwD planning committee - please enforce some common sense and let the planning go ahead so that youngsters have something constructive and worthwhile to do with their time under supervised control.
This will surely be organised sporting activities and not just louts from the neighbouring estate causing a disturbance. BwD planning committee - please enforce some common sense and let the planning go ahead so that youngsters have something constructive and worthwhile to do with their time under supervised control. Read all about it .....

3:56pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Just an observer says...

There is a football pitch the kids can use, this being just about a mile away at Ewood. It also has seats & toilets.
There is a football pitch the kids can use, this being just about a mile away at Ewood. It also has seats & toilets. Just an observer

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