MP on board with campaign

A pettiton to keep the MUGA is presented to MP Anna Soubry
A pettiton to keep the MUGA is presented to MP Anna Soubry

RESIDENTS and councillors in Newthorpe have invited Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry on board their campaign to save the Multi-Use Games Area in Dovecote Road.

Kerry Poxon wrote to Ms Soubry asking for her help and, in the presence of Greasley parish councillors, handed her a petition of 540 signatures she had collected to try and save the facility.

The Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) was hit with an abatement order by Broxtowe Borough Council after residents living nearby complained about the noise.

The order, issued in June, means that if any complaints are made from now on the borough council will investigate.

Ms Poxon, who helps run a football team that use the games area, said in her letter to the MP that the people who complained had been ‘unreasonable’.

She goes on to say: “It would be disgraceful if the MUGA, a non-profit making organisation for the community, was to close because of the pressure this abatement notice has put on it.”

Ms Soubry said: “A sensible compromise needs to be struck and in addition to offering to chair a public meeting I will now contact Broxtowe Borough Council to try and broker a resolution.

“Great community sporting facilities like the MUGA need to be encouraged not threatened with closure.”

Greasley Parish Council, which runs the facility, has put some measures in place to reduce the rattling noises caused by the balls and now hopes there will not be any further problems.

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