Old Leake playing fields plan 'dangerous'
PLANS to turn agricultural land in Old Leake into a school playing field have been rejected by Boston Borough Council.
The application for change of use of a field between School Lane and Southfield Lane for use by Giles Academy pupils was turned down by the authority's planning committee.
Six councillors voted in favour of the rejection with one councillor voting against and one abstaining from the vote.
Objectors against the plans felt there would be increased noise, were concerned about the loss of agricultural land and claimed it is in a dangerous location in relation to the roads.
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Other concerns were also raised by both residents and the parish council that not enough consultation and detail had gone into the application by Giles Academy.
But the academy said they will take what has been said away with them and rethink their proposals.
After the meeting, Giles Academy deputy headteacher Ian Widdows said they were 'disappointed' by the decision and added: "There had not been as much consultation as the school would have liked because the owner of the field had not wanted news of the sale until plans were finalised.
"The school is still very committed and is working with LCC and BBC."
During the meeting, objector and action group member against the plans, Barrie Pierpoint said what Giles Academy is proposing would create more problems for even more residents.
He said: "The residents of Old Leake acknowledge the success of Giles Academy, their achievements and successes over the years.
"However, those living nearby have taken the cost - increased parking, increase use of the roads by double-decker buses, HGVs and tractors."
Speaking on behalf of the school were head boy and head girl Cael Atkin-Palmer and Heidi Green, who said they were proud to be part of Giles and queried some of the concerns raised about the plans.
Cael said: "We suggest that there has not been complete understanding of this matter. Prominent means protuberant, Immediately noticeable or conspicuous and alien means unfamiliar and disturbing or distasteful. We strongly disagree that a grass field in rural Lincolnshire fits either of these two descriptions. It is neither noticeable, nor uncommon, let alone prominent or alien.
"We would like to emphasise that we want this field to use as a field for our PE and games curriculum. As such we have no plans to build on the land."