Nuisance footballers land Hadleigh school in trouble

PEOPLE living next to a football pitch are having to contend with noise and light pollution, swearing and even users urinating near their homes.

The all-weather pitches, run by Hadleigh Leisure Centre and Hadleigh High School, were built in 2010 on land next to several homes in Station Road.

Resident Ken Lewis, who has lived in the road for more than 20 years, said: “We have lost the peaceful enjoyment of our properties because of the community use of the astroturf.

“During the winter, when you’ve got things in full flow, we have the intrusion of the lights right into our gardens.”

Fellow resident Lorna Gooch added: “The swearing is horrendous and continuous. Players also nip out and urinate against the hedges and our fences – Ken has seen them from his garden.”

Notices have been put up by the leisure centre in a bid to discourage swearing but Mr Lewis said there had been little change in behaviour.

Meanwhile, special washers fitted in the fences in an attempt to dampen the noise had “no effect whatsoever”, according to residents.

Mrs Gooch’s said residents wanted respite from the intrusions.

“We feel the hours of use are excessive – 10pm on weekdays is too late,” she said.

Chris Marsh, manager at Hadleigh Leisure Centre, said: “The school has invited residents to meet and discuss the issues, while taking action to reduce the noise levels and speaking to users regarding appropriate behaviour while using the facilities.

“We have continued to work with local councils to find a means of resolving the issues raised and will continue to seek to find a resolution.”

For the full story see last week’s Free Press.