A MULTI-USE games area in Newthorpe could be forced to have its hours reduced after being served a legal notice about noise levels.
Greasley Parish Council has got to see what can be done to reduce noise levels at the games area behind the sports and community centre after residents living nearby complained to Broxtowe Borough Council’s environmental health team for over a year.
But parish council chairman John Handley said measures have very recently been taken to reduce the noise and he wants the borough council to have the games area re-tested.
Bolts have been changed on the goal posts so they do not shake as the football hits the nets, and metal panels around the pitch have been replaced with fabric ones to reduce the noise on impact.
A group of residents living in houses surrounding the games area have been complaining since the games area opened in November 2009 and say they cannot sit out in their gardens during the summer because of the noise.
But some parish councillors say they are ‘making a mountain out of a mole hill’, with one of them angrily claiming the group was ‘anti-children, anti-life, anti everything’.
Cllr Handley said: “A noise survey was carried out when it was first built which showed there was no major problem.
“I’d just like to see the evidence. Noise has to be a certain level to be classed a nuisance and if it is we will see what we can do to alleviate the problem.”
The games area off Dovecote Road – which cost £360,0000 – is used for five-a-side football in the evenings and rounders and other activities by school children during the day.
Cllr Handley said: “It’s a fantastic community facility which we want to see being used and if people were to speak to the local police officers they would see it has actually contributed to anti-social behaviour being reduced in the area.
“We live in a rural community that is quite intensely built up and residents should not expect complete silence.”
The new Greasley Beauvale School would not have been given the go-ahead without the games area, because a certain amount of sports provision was needed.
The group of residents did not want to comment.
n Noise complaints at the site has also forced the closure of a breast screening unit. See page 7 for full story.