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Times' letter: 3G pitch

PUBLISHED: 08:30 06 October 2019

Neighbours of Queen's Park Community School oppose 3G football pitch plans and premises licence threat. Picturre: JORG MOHAUPT

Neighbours of Queen's Park Community School oppose 3G football pitch plans and premises licence threat. Picturre: JORG MOHAUPT

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Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Times' readers this week.

3G pitch is unwelcome

Alex Norman, Aylestone Avenue, Kilburn, writes:

The proposed 3G pitch at Queen's Park Community School would be open from 7am to 10pm (with minor variations at weekends), seven days a week, 365 days a year.

This clearly highlights the development as a commercial operation for purely unlimited financial gain. It shows a complete disregard for the entirely residential community that surrounds QPCS which is, let us not forget, an Academy Trust School.

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The 3G pitch facility is a book and pay facility and is in no way intended to offer free use so will not be all inclusive for the community. School use would also be limited to around 35 per cent of time during term time only, the remaining hours and days being used by other parties, many not from our community.

The negative environmental, health and potential social impacts are all too obvious to see from existing 3G pitch developments elsewhere, as are the associated public nuisance issues that already affect residential amenities from licensable and non-licensable events and activities carried out at the school.

With no management system in place for the 3G pitch we strongly believe it will become a community liability not asset.

The development would be artificially unintelligent in setting a dysfunctional precedent in our quiet suburban neighbourhood.

Queen's Park Community School should look to scale back ill-considered and inappropriate commercial developments and activities such as the 3G pitch and carefully reflect on their roles and responsibilities in the community.

They make constant reference to and the wider implications of sustainability and the environment and the health and wellbeing of the entire community, not just the profiteering and the footballing few.

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