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Group prepares to fight their pitch battle

Residents concerned over Brighouse High School's plans to build all weather sports pitch.

Residents concerned over Brighouse High School's plans to build all weather sports pitch.

Angry neighbours have formed an action group in a bid to win their pitch battle.

Residents called a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the plans submitted by Brighouse High School to build an artificial turf pitch in the grounds at Finkil Street for football and rugby.

According to the report submitted to Calderdale Council by the school there is a significant lack of resources in the area.

But resident Anthony Rutherford said this pitch would take Calderdale over the national average. “This end of Calderdale would be over intensified with these pitches,” he said.

Other concerns included parking, litter, noise levels, the flood lights, and road safety.

Head teacher Liz Cresswell said: “Brighouse High is already used as a community facility during evenings and weekends. We try very hard to ensure that neighbours are not disturbed by groups who use our facilities and do not anticipate any increased inconvenience to them by the creation of the planned artificial turf pitch.

“If planning permission is granted and funding is forthcoming the pitch will be a boost to sports facilities in the school; we currently do not have any all weather facilities. We do understand the concerns of neighbours and if the plans come to fruition we will endeavour to maintain a dialogue with the community to ensure that any issues are addressed.”

The councillors are requesting that the date for representations which should have ended on February 15 be extended because some residents were not notified about the plans.

 

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