After the site visit at 11.30am earlier today, Councillors returned to the Town Hall to make a decision on the floodlights application made by West Didsbury and Chorlton AFC.
To recap, some of the key details surrounding this matter, the club had applied last year for an all-weather pitch, new main pitch and floodlights to be built on Chorlton Meadows/Hardy Farm. However last December, after the fantastic ‘Save Chorlton Meadows’ campaign, which was supported by thousands of local people who were also against the plans, the developers were forced to withdraw their application.
However another application was submitted, and this time it was for SIX 49ft-high floodlights on land that lies in a green belt. After this morning’s site visit (which was attended by around 100 local residents) councillors met at 2pm to make a final decision. Despite the hundreds of objections and comments from myself and local Councillors, the application was voted through by Labour Councillors 6 votes to 5. I am pleased to say that all the Lib Dems on the Committee voted against approval.
I firmly believe this application should have been refused – if a game goes to extra time and penalties the game cannot possibly finish by 10pm. When a similar application for floodlights came before the committee at Loreto High School the hours of use were restricted to 8pm because of the potential for disturbance of local residents.