Anger as building site set up on children's football pitch
KICKING OFF Protesting on the field, from left, are residents Anne Dudok, Isaac Williams Leslie Williams, Nicole Wilson and Ted Ridings
YOUNGSTERS are set to lose their football pitch — after a building site was set up on playing fields.
Young people in Farnworth have nowhere to play now work has started close to Red Brook Close, Farnworth.
Anne Wilson, of Vernon Close, aged 48, also said that removing trees from a different field near Darley Street could be dangerous for children, as they are next to a main road.
However, Bolton Council says it has written to all residents and has taken people’s views into consideration.
Bolton at Home says it has complied with health and safety regulations and intends to cause “minimal disruption” to local residents.
The Bolton News reported last month that Bolton at Home has been granted planning permission for the development of 10 new properties in Darley Street in partnership with Bolton Council.
Ms Wilson said: “We’ve not been told they were going to use the field in Red Brook Close.
“Not only are they taking the field in Darley Street, they’re taking away the field where the kids play football.The kids have nowhere to play. I’ve lived here for 25 years and I don’t see how children will be safe if the trees are removed.”
Ms Wilson said trees on the edge of the fields act as a natural barrier between the open space and the road.
A Bolton Council spokesman said: “The trees are located on the development site and their removal was part of the planning application.
“The application was only passed after consultation with the public and taking local’s views into consideration and it was stipulated that new planting must take place as a part of the scheme.
“We have written to all local residents with information on our development and have encouraged them to report any concerns so that we can address them.”
A Bolton at Home spokesman added: “All our new build sites are registered with the nationally recognised Considerate Constructors Scheme to ensure that we deliver in a way that minimises disruption to local residents. We also require our site to comply with Construction (Design and Management) Regulations, 2007.”
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