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Lights to go on for sports pitches

PUBLISHED: 15:10 17 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:26 03 March 2010

NEW sports pitches and tennis courts could be on the cards for Kesgrave residents.

Plans have been submitted by Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre to build a floodlit all weather playing surface and two new tennis courts on their land off Ropes Drive.

NEW sports pitches and tennis courts could be on the cards for Kesgrave residents.

Plans have been submitted by Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre to build a floodlit all weather playing surface and two new tennis courts on their land off Ropes Drive.

If permission is given by Suffolk Coastal the new additions could go one step towards solving the problems of lack of sports space in the town.

Earlier this year, the Evening Star revealed that because of extensive building in the area, there was not enough land to fall in line with Government requirements that state how many sports pitches should be available for a certain number of people.

Chairman of the KWMCC, Norman Howard said that the new pitches would prove extremely beneficial to the area.

The surface is planned to be 60 metres by 33 metres and can be used for five-a –side football as well as training.

Netball pitches and tennis courts would also be mapped on to the surface.

Stop fencing of just more than three metres would surround both the all weather surface and the tennis courts.

Mr Howard said: "This is extremely important to encourage sport.

"We do not actually have a netball team at the moment, but we did not have a cricket team when we put in a cricket pitch.

"Now we have a very successful cricket team – it is all about planning for the future rather than what we have already got."

The new surface would mean the loss of a junior football pitch but Mr Howard said it would still be much better for teams playing in the winter months.

He said: "There are only two pitches that are actually floodlit at the moment and the ground gets very worn there.

"The weather will often restrict playing on there as well."

Because wheelchair tennis is becoming so popular along with able-bodied tennis, two more full sized courts for Kesgrave tennis club are also included in the plans.

Kesgrave Town Council is also supportive of the plans for the pitches and believes they would be well used.

However it was pointed out that the use of floodlighting must conform to the Supplementary Planning Guidance and is not in use after 10pm.

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