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Pavilion plans go before public eye

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 15, 2014

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EYE-catching plans for a sports pavilion and play equipment in a Burton parish have drawn criticism after going on public display.

Fears over vandalism, access and noise were raised when developer St Modwen held its consultation on plans earmarked for Clays Lane in Branston.

They also include a sports pitch, 20 parking spaces and CCTV cameras and are part of a 660-home development on land south of the village.

Warwick Close resident Julie Ashmore had concerns about parking and antisocial behaviour if they went ahead.

The 67-year-old said: “They have had problems on that playground and the police are regularly called to that area.

“It’s a nice building but my main concern is how long it would actually look like that with vandalism and graffiti.”

Football fan Leon Burgess, 28, of Maple Way, had concerns about noise.

He said: “I’m a big football fan but I’m not for it because it’s on my doorstep, we moved here for the peace and quiet.

“I don’t think there are any positives for people that live so close to it.”

A Cotswold Road resident, who asked not to be named, feared roads to the pavilion could become gridlocked.

But development surveyor Ian Romano, of St Modwens, launched a staunch defence of the proposals.

He said: “There isn’t anything like this in Branston at the minute so there is nowhere for the sports teams to play.

“To use these facilities they have to go outside the parish and this is a good use of the land which had not been used to its maximum potential.

“It’s got CCTV, low-level security lighting so it will detract rather than attract antisocial behaviour.”

Branston Parish Council chairman Mike Ackroyd has previously backed the plans which he said would help give youngsters a grounding in sports.

Responses gleaned from the consultation could influence the final application which will then go before East Staffordshire Borough Council’s planning body for approval.

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