11:03AM, Thursday 12 April 2012
A high-tech floodlit sports pitch is to be built at Maidenhead Rugby Club after councillors gave it the nod last night.
The proposals to replace the existing grass pitch with 3G synthetic turf were approved unanimously at a meeting of Maidenhead development control panel.
The sports club in Braywick Road will illuminate it with eight 15-metre-high lighting columns
The upgrade is needed as the club's existing training facilities are unable to cope with the demands made by its growing membership, which includes four men's teams, a ladies side and about 600 juniors.
Only one letter of objection was received opposing the plans, saying it would bring noise and light nuisance to nearby homes.
Panel members agreed measures had been put in place to combat these problems.
The lights will be fitted with a non-adjustable timer so they can only be switched on from 8am to 10pm Monday to Saturday and 9am to 6pm on Sundays.
Panel chairman councillor Derek Wilson (Con, Oldfield) said: "All the concerns raised by residents have been addressed."
The borough has allocated £450,000 from its 2012/13 budget for the pitch and other remedial work at Braywick.
The pitch is likely to be in place for the start of the 2013/14 season.
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