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Calls for Studley to explain plans for village leisure centre

Ross Crawford 24th Feb, 2020

CALLS have been made for an officer from Stratford District Council to come to Studley to explain just what their plans are for the village leisure centre.

Two years ago the District announced plans to spend £600,000 revamping the Pool Road complex.

However since then the scheme – to put in an extension to provide space for a gym, studio and new entrance lobby – has run into objections from both Parish Councillors and neighbours.

And at Tuesday night’s parish council meeting on February 18 Councillors hit out at a ‘noise impact assessment’ carried out by the officers to ease fears of noise pollution.

A letter read out at the meeting from a near neighbour summed up their frustration, stating: ‘How can the noise levels be monitored in the gym and studio and give a true result when they haven’t even been built?

‘It’s all predicted levels and cannot possibly be accurate or acceptable’.

Coun Sue Redman added: “We have no way of proving or disproving the findings of this noise assessment. They are trying to blind us with science.

“The back fence of the extension will border neighbouring properties and if you want to go out into your garden all you will be able to hear will be people bouncing around to music.

“It’s denying nearby residents the freedom to enjoy their outdoor area.”

Coun Paul Beaman added: “We like the idea of the District Council investing in the village but this is totally the wrong location.

“It’s also disappointing that they have still has not seen fit to send a officer to the Parish Council to discuss this project.”

Councillors voted to renew their objections to the plan.

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