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Football club wins parking permission
7:30am Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
FOOTBALLERS have won permission to allow players to park cars near their pitches.
Proposals submitted by Broomfield Football Club to change the use of land in Mill Lane to include car parking provision were green-lighted by Chelmsford Council’s planning committee.
The club made the application after Broomfield Parish Council scrapped an agreement letting them use spaces at the nearby village hall following the building’s refurbishment.
However, many residents were concerned on safety grounds with seeing the narrow lane which has become a popular route for walkers accessed by cars more regularly.
Despite these fears, the committee granted permission but gave a stern warning over the safety aspect to the football club which has 17 different teams.
Chairman Ian Wright said: “You have heard the concerns of local people and I am aware that you’re a responsible organisation.
“There are certain things that you can do like putting up notices asking players from your own club and visiting teams to be considerate when they drive along Mill Lane.
"If you can push and push this point, you won’t get complaints and would allay the fears of local people.”
He also told parish council members they could compile a highways report which could ask for traffic calming measures to be installed.
Club chairman Andy Rutter said the spaces were a necessity, adding safety will be pushed firmly to everyone.
He said: “Without these spaces, players would have to park in surrounding streets and this would be more of a problem.”
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