Lack of action over astro pitch ‘pathetic’

FIGHTING ON: Ken Lewis and his wife Margaret live next to Hadleigh High School's all-weather sports pitch.
FIGHTING ON: Ken Lewis and his wife Margaret live next to Hadleigh High School's all-weather sports pitch.
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A Hadleigh man embroiled in a fight with Babergh District Council over a school’s sports pitch has claimed his concerns are being ignored.

Ken Lewis, from Station Road, objects to the all-weather facility at neighbouring Hadleigh High School being used due to contraventions of the original planning permission granted for the facility, built in 2010.

He has repeatedly complained to Babergh District Council’s planning department as well as Hadleigh High School and said he has become frustrated with the way he has been treated.

“Babergh has been pathetic to be honest,” he said, adding that complaints and requests had taken weeks to be answered.

“Babergh has agreed that there is no planning consent as what was built is completely oversized, but it says it won’t do anything about the use of the pitches,” said Mr Lewis.

Christine Thurlow, the council’s corporate manager for development management, said residents were asked in July to record breaches of the planning terms in a diary which could be referred to and used as evidence for possible enforcement.