Rainwater run-off from Uckfield’s all weather pitch has been linked to flooding in nearby Hempstead Road.
Residents who live close by are also concerned about the pitch’s floodlights and the noise from matches and training.
The issues were reported last night (January 6) to members of Uckfield Town Council’s environment and leisure committee.
Town councillor Chris Macve gave a written report to fellow councillors on a meeting of the all weather pitch advisory group.
He said much of the discussion revolved around the impact of the pitch on local residents.
There were three main areas of concern:
- flooding; and
“The matter of lighting, it was agreed, had been dealt with as far as possible by altering the lamp column heads and provision of blinds to some property windows,” Cllr Macve’s report stated.
He said there had been discussions between Uckfield College, local residents and county councillor Claire Dowling about road flooding in the Hempstead Road area.
“East Sussex Highways were investigating the cause and finding a solution as this seemed to be as a result of run off from the all weather pitch and the inability of the drainage system to cope,” the report stated.
A new noise reporting/recording system had been proposed to deal with complaints.
The all weather artificial turf pitch was developed on the Uckfield College site and officially opened in November 2013.
It is situated on the higher ground – above Hempstead Road – and is positioned immediately outside the Freedom Leisure facilities on the college campus.
The facility was built at a cost of more than £700,000 with money coming from national sporting organisations and local sources.
Cllr Macve’s report said use of the pitch continued to run at near capacity “providing a useful facility for both Uckfield College and the community”.
Also present at the meeting Cllr Macve attended were representatives from East Sussex County Council, Freedom Leisure (which manages the facility), Sussex FA, Uckfield Grasshoppers FC, Uckfield College and a local residents’ representative.
Town councillors noted the report but did not comment at last night’s meeting.
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