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Couple want acoustic fencing to minimise sports pitch noise

Couple want acoustic fencing to minimise sports pitch noise
A retired Denbighshire couple want acoustic fencing to be built at their home to minimise the "screams and shouts" from people playing sports on the all-weather pitch that backs onto their garden.

Clive and Rosalind Bickley say their lives have been "destroyed" by the pitch at Fairholme Preparatory School in St Asaph and have seen the value of their home significantly reduced, the Daily Post North Wales reports.

The privately-run school built the games area for football, hockey and other sports in April last year but did not gain planning permission nor inform people living nearby about the development.

It has since applied for retrospective permission following a series of complaints from residents.

"This situation has destroyed our lives and reduced the value of our property by hundreds of thousands of pounds," Mr Bickley told the newspaper.

"We are retired and use our garden extensively but, we can hear the screams and shouts from the pitch inside the house above the noise of the TV. My wife has been in tears at times. It's pretty grim and we're so upset about it."

He added that games are being played outside of school hours and out of term, adding to the disturbance.

Mr Bickley said he wanted the council to restrict the use of the pitch to school hours and term time.

"I also think there should be some acoustic barrier built to minimise the noise," he told the newspaper.

Planning officials have since recommended that retrospective permission is granted as long as the pitch is used during term time and between the hours of 08:30 and 18:00, the newspaper said.

Recently, plans were proposed to fit acoustic fencing around a Ministry of Defence dog training centre. The Defence Animal Centre, in Melton, Leicestershire, recommended fitting sound proof fencing as part of a revamp of its kennels.ADNFCR-3337-ID-800341234-ADNFCR

Date: 13/01/2011 16:54:14

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