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A PLAN to set up a climbing wall on the Brighton University campus in Meads has been has been refused planning permission after neighbouring residents complained it would create a nuisance.

The planning committee refused permission for a six-metre high grey climbing wall on the side of the university building in Denton Road at a meeting in Eastbourne Town Hall on Tuesday evening (August 7).

Residents attended the meeting and explained they were already suffering with excess noise and parking problems in the street and felt the climbing wall would exacerbate the issues.

Sharon Head, a Denton Road resident, described the climbing wall as ‘monstrous’ and added, “It is yet another eye sore which will so nothing to enhance our conservation status.”

Mrs Head said the residents had to put up with swearing on the sports pitches, noise pollution, rubbish on the streets, parking problems and increased traffic.

She said, “Thousands of people in and around Eastbourne are using the facilities all year round, all day long and all night long. There is no respite from it.”

The councillors were told there was an old internal climbing wall inside the building but it was outdated.

Some councillors said they did not understand how a climbing wall could be outdated and said they felt the University of Brighton could update and modify its existing indoor facility.

They were also concerned about the opening times of the facility which is currently 10pm. The council refused planning permission for the climbing wall on the grounds on noise and disturbance.