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Noise problems for £550k pitch

The Mandeville School's sports pitch

The Mandeville School's sports pitch

Neighbours’ complaints about noise from a £550,000 school sports pitch are being investigated by council officers.

Aylesbury Vale District Council’s environmental health team are working with Mandeville School and neighbours following complaints of noise from its multi use games area in the evenings and at weekends.

But some residents claimed that the complaints were a storm in a teacup.

One man, who lives on a street close to the pitch, said: “Why should we complain?

“It’s not happening at night when we go to sleep so it’s not a problem.

“There is no reason for people to complain about this – people worry about too much nonsense.”

The artificial grass pitch was opened in 2012 by West Ham and England football legend Sir Trevor Brooking.

The result of six years of planning, and funded by the sale of land, the pitch is the host venue for the School Games as well as clubs including the Wright Sports Academy.

The school’s business manager Zoe Brogan said that plans are in place to install an accoustic curtain, which will help protect against excess noise.

She said: “We’ve always been mindful of our neighbours and we’re doing everything practically possible to make sure we’re not burdening the residents with our noise.

“We’ve held meetings and invited local residents along to discuss any concerns or issues they may have, and we’ve always kept them informed of all the developments.”

A spokesman for Aylesbury Vale District Council said: 
“We have been investigating 
complaints from nearby residents regarding noise from the use of the artificial grass pitch outside of school hours, in the evenings and at weekends.

“We are currently working with Bucks County Council and the school to improve the situation.”

 

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