Floodlights on pitch angers local resident

The University of Brighton all weather sports pitch in Denton Road has been the subject of complaints about portable floodlights. October 10th 2013 E41533P

The University of Brighton all weather sports pitch in Denton Road has been the subject of complaints about portable floodlights. October 10th 2013 E41533P

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The installation of floodlights at a university campus has angered a resident who lives in the same road.

Sharon Head said residents were not consulted and that the light from the new equipment at the all weather artificial pitch at the University of Brighton site in Denton Road has been shining into her property. The lights are portable and battery operated.

Mrs Head said, “There was no prior consultation, we’ve had many issues over this and this is the final straw. We are their neighbours, I would not go and do this to my neighbour.”

She said a neighbour’s children could not sleep because of the glare and that an email she had obtained, written from Sarah Hogg, director of sport and recreation, to staff showed ‘complete disregard’ for residents. Referring to people who may complain, the note read, ‘I will leave some of my business cards at reception –so that these can be given out and they can contact me directly (hard hat and flak jacket at the ready!).’

The lights, which do not require planning permission, had been a number one request from students for a long time.

A University of Brighton spokesperson said, “We are sorry a resident is unhappy with our use of portable floodlighting.

“We are conscious of the need to use the lights in a way that is considerate to our neighbours. We carefully researched the portable lighting we have selected to ensure it is low level, anti-glare and that there is minimal light spillage outside of the playing area. The use of the lights is strictly governed and they are only lit until mid evening.

“We have good community relations, and individuals of all ages and many local community clubs and organisations use our sports facilities. We have and will continue to monitor the situation closely.”