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Residents up in arms in bid to halt pavilion plan

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 16, 2014

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OUTRAGED residents voiced concerns at a rowdy council meeting over anti-social behaviour at a planned sports pavilion.

Branston Parish Council chairman Mike Ackroyd twice banged a hammer to restore order after residents unleashed a barrage of opposition to the facilities which could be built between Clays Lane and Maple Way.

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

The parish council claim a public survey resulted in a large majority in favour of a changing facilities, a community room and football pitch instead of undeveloped open space.

Of the 3,000 consultation letters sent out, about 350 were returned with about 200 backing the pavilion.

To a round of applause, Dave Cole, of Maple Way, said at the meeting: “You want to dump this on us.

“I certainly don’t want these footballers and their entourage coming along.

“If you have a pavilion there then I will be having to tell kids not to mess about in front of my house.”

Mr Cole, who volunteers with Burton Rugby Club, added that he felt the survey did not offer a choice ‘because the second option was abysmal.’

Some at the meeting claimed they did not receive the survey.

Speaking after the meeting Maple Way resident, Martin Lee, said people who lived on the northern side of the railway line in the village ‘would not give a monkey’s’ about the possible negative impact of the pavilion.

But Mr Ackroyd said the survey would not be repeated despite the concerns.

He said: “Feelings were very high. We got the ‘we don’t want it’ lot last night so it was not balanced.

“The vote was carried out and well over two to one were in favour so we are acting on what the residents want.”

Mr Ackroyd said he understood their concerns but plans for a police base and CCTV at the pavilion would monitor anti-social behaviour.

He added the village’s size will double with developments at Branston locks and the B&Q depot also in the pipeline.

The pavilion will be subject to approval from East Staffordshire Borough Council planners.

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