Worried residents have met with a football club planning to build a state-of-the-art training ground close to their homes.
Fleetwood Town FC hopes to build a multi-million pound, 16-pitch facility, at Pool Foot Farm, Thornton, and local Coun Andrea Kay met the club, along with neighbours of the site, to speak about their concerns.
Coun Kay, who represents Cleveleys Park ward for Wyre Council, ‘called in’ the planning decision to allow it to be scrutinised by councillors.
And she organised the meeting because she says she wants reassurances everything will be done to prevent flooding and traffic problems in the area.
Coun Kay said: “These are problems we’ve had in the past that are going to come to fruition again.
“People talked about what will happen if all the pitches are full and all the cars that turn up. There isn’t adequate parking for all of those football pitches and residents won’t be able to park outside their house.
“I’m glad this is going to planning because it gives the officer a chance to look at this and I want people to go to the planning meeting.
“It’s up in the air but I think the club understand people’s problems. Most people aren’t anti-football, they just want to know what’s going on.”
Alongside the training ground pitches, the development will boast changing rooms, classrooms and space for Fleetwood Town’s Community Trust charity to be based at the site.
Steve Curwood, chief executive of Fleetwood Town FC, said: “It was a good meeting.
“There were many supporters in the room and a lot of the people there were very close neighbours and, in principal, they supported the scheme.
“Most of their problems are existing problems relating to concerns about drainage, parking, and highways issues.
“We highlighted the ways we have gone through this.
“It’s obviously very well supported in the area and that showed because only 20 people turned up to show an element of concern.”