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Council refuses plans for "unsightly" 30ft school sports cage
8:00am Wednesday 31st October 2012 in News
PLANNING permission for a 30ft school sports cage has been thrown out after residents said it was an eyesore in their community.
The giant hammer throwing, discus and shotput facility towered over bungalows in Ash Road and Bramble Road, in Canvey after being installed at the edge of playing fields at the new £28million Castle View School, in Foksville Road.
Furious neighbours claimed the metal structure sprang out of nowhere, and became impossible to ignore after workmen cut down trees which had blocked some of the cage from view.
Now, residents are overjoyed after members of Essex County Council’s development and regulation committee voted against the plans being approved.
Martin Kingsland, 51, of Ash Road, said: “We went away for the weekend came back and there it was. I just couldn’t believe that someone had thought it a good idea to put it there, it looks just like one of those horrible gas storage units.
“My house is three storeys and it completely towered over it and ruined my view of the downs. I’m really happy this has been thrown out. It’s a real victory for common sense.
“The field is so big and there are many other suitable places on it that it could be located where it wouldn’t be a bother to anyone.”
County councillors claimed the structure was unsightly and should be removed elsewhere on the field, away from residential view at the meeting last Friday.
Brian Wood, UK Independent Party county councillor for Canvey East ward, said: “There was a lot of feeling in the council that this would be approved, so I am pleased for residents that this has been refused. It was so overbearing, and went in before residents really had a chance to oppose it.
"Council officers will now go back to speak with the school about finding an alternative place for it on the field.”
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