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Facebook group set up against Branston pavilion plans

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 13, 2014

11/02/14 Clays Lane Recreation Clays Lane Recreation Ground, Branston

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OUTSPOKEN residents have taken to social media in their fight against a sports pavilion.

Last month, Branston Parish Council announced its support for plans to build a sports pavilion between Clays Lane and Maple Way.

A public consultation of 3,000 homes resulted in 200 residents being favour of the plans and about 116 against.

But the Mail can now reveal a Facebook group set up against the plans for the facilities has received support from 479 people.

The proposals are part of plans from developer St Modwen to build 660 homes on land south of the village.

Maple Way resident David Cole had previously raised concerns about the possibility of antisocial behaviour if the plans are given the green light.

He told the Mail, he thought the Facebook page could build a consensus about the pavilion.

“This is not NIMBYism and this is not just a few people, it can’t be right.”

Mr Cole added that he felt that the parish council’s consultation was not a true reflection on what Branston residents wanted.

He said: “To be frank, letters were sent out but a lot of them were ignored.

“Even those who replied raised some issues, so why are they trying to impose this on people who do not want it.”

As part of the parish council’s consultation, residents were asked to vote for the sports pavilion in Clays Lane or for undeveloped open space in the new housing development.

Branston Parish Council chairman Mike Ackroyd said the plans for the pavilion are subject to approval from East Staffordshire Borough Council.

He said: “We feel, as a council, that a sports facility would be absolutely ideal.

“Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I’m just sad that the objectors appear to be against sports for the youngsters.”

Mr Ackroyd added that a working group of councillors and young people could take place.

He said: “It’s not that we are just plonking it on there, we want consultation with the people around that area.”

Branston Parish Council will hold its next meeting from 7pm on February 18 in the Rough Hayes Community Centre.

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