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Concern over plans for rugby clubhouse
10:35am Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
RUGBY club officials vowed to remain “good neighbours” if new clubhouse plans are agreed.
Concerns have been raised by users of King George’s Playing Fields after Brentwood Rugby Club submitted a proposal for the structure to replace its existing home on the same site.
If granted permission, the two-storey building, on land adjacent to the park’s overflow car park, would have six changing rooms, a bar and balcony.
Club chairman Richard King said a new venue is desperately needed to replace the “converted 1950s cricket clubhouse” it uses.
He added a massive effort has been made to consult with park users and local residents.
Mr King said: “I think we have an excellent track record with our neighbours and we’re extremely strict on the conduct of our players and people who attend our games.
“We won’t let the clubhouse infringe on other park users.
“We take being good neighbours very seriously and we’re proud of the ease of the relationship we have with some of our neighbours.”
Despite these assurances, objectors still believe the clubhouse should not be allowed.
Debbie Coole, whose home in Ingrave Road backs on to the proposed site, feels there are a number of potential issues.
“They’d be better neighbours if they didn’t build it all,” she said.
“It’s all about the club satisfying its own requirements.
“Football pitches will have to be moved, car parking will be an issue as the overflow is already being used and I don’t think the club appreciates how noise travels across the field.
“We cherish our park, but it’s going to be taken away from us.”
Ward councillor Mike Le-Surf said although the club, which has around 700 members, does a “fantastic” job, he believes another option should be looked at.
He added: “Many of my residents and park users object to this application as the siting will detract from people’s enjoyment of this open space.
“If the club would like to develop its existing site I’m sure there would be very few objections.”
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