3G PITCH: New facilities for Sefton despite complaints
A new full-sized, all-weather 3G pitch will be built in part of Sefton, despite hundreds of complaints from people living nearby.
Sefton Council will build the pitch, along with flood lighting, a new changing block, and additional parking spaces, on Orrell Mount Park, on Orrell Road in Bootle.
After much discussion, the proposals were approved at a planning committee meeting held virtually this afternoon (Wednesday).
Letters of objection to the scheme were received from 129 addresses in the area.
One objector wrote: “The field is a vital part of the community and the only little bit of green space in the area.”
Another said: “This is the only local place that people can go for a walk and take their children to pay safely.
“Residents want to look out on greenery, not a big fence with spot lights and chaotic parking. Please reconsider.”
But Council planning chiefs said the development was “acceptable” as it would provide “enhanced sporting provision” while keeping a large area for other recreational activities.
An agreement has been secured that will ensure local clubs, schools and groups will be given discounts and priority booking for the pitch.
While there are other pitches in Sefton, this will be the only full-size 3G pitch (suitable for 11-a-side football) in the vicinity.
Plans to turn a house into an online pharmacy were also approved. The empty home at 44 Kingsway, Waterloo, sits next to an existing doctors’ surgery.
A petition against the proposals was signed by 36 local residents, with reasons given including increased congestion, and a loss of privacy.
However, planning officers found the change of use would not have any significant detrimental impact on local residents, and said due to the nature of pharmacy collections, any cars parked outside would not be there for long.
Plans for a £33 million new “neighbourhood” in Bootle were refused by the committee.
Planning chiefs said there were “significant shortfalls” in the proposals, due to the scheme’s “excessive density” and its outdoor amenity space.
Words: Kate Lally, Local Democracy Reporter
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