CAMPAIGNERS battling to stop a massive sports complex from being built in their village look set to be denied entry to a crucial meeting.
Fylde Council’s planning committee will decide tomorrow whether the Greenlands Sports Village, on the outskirts of Wrea Green, should be given the go-ahead.
And public feeling for and against the proposals – which include a 2,500 capacity stadium for AFC Fylde – is running so high the council has taken the unprecedented step of ticketing the meeting amid fears hundreds of people may descend on the venue.
But the decision to allocate just 100 tickets means dozens of campaigners – as well as supporters of the Haythornthwaite Sports Foundation (HSF) scheme – will be prevented from attending.
Wrea Green Coun Frank Andrews plans to speak out against the proposals tomorrow and said: “We heard HSF was trying to get 100 people there and take all the seats before we got there.
“Just to make sure that doesn’t happen it is being ticketed, half for us, and half for them. But people are disappointed because they wanted to go – this is our village and we want to keep it our village”
A total of 20 people have registered to address the committee, speaking both in support of and against the application.
The council’s planning officers have recommended councillors reject the plans, but the committee can choose not to follow that recommendation.
The meeting is being held at St Margaret’s Church Hall, on St Leonard’s Road, St Annes, and the council said the decision to restrict access to the venue had been made on “health and safety” grounds.
A council spokesman added: “The church hall is not particularly large but it was the most spacious facility available when we booked premises for the meeting.
“There will be a large number of councillors and council officers there as well as the applicant and an expected large number of protesters, so we have had to restrict numbers able to attend.”
As well as AFC Fylde’s new ground, the plans include four grass football pitches, an artificial hockey pitch and an artificial football pitch.
The meeting takes place tomorrow at 10am.
Nobody from HSF was available for comment.