Village football apply to build £60,000 floodlights

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A village football club has put in for planning permission to build £60,000 floodlights to help bring their ground up to FA standards.

Bilsthorpe FC have submitted their application to Newark and Sherwood District Council to erect eight 15-metre-high plinths around the pitch off Kirklington Road.

The lighting proposed is the minimum requirement set by the FA, and will allow the club to play competitive matches during winter afternoons and on an evening.

The well-run club has 17 teams that use the pitch regularly, including 13 junior teams is currently Nottinghamshire FA’s chartered standard club of the year.

Chairman and secretary of the club, Stefan Hopewell said: “It’s part of the requirements needed if the senior teams get promoted, and we’re doing quite well at the moment.

“We won’t be able to get promoted without them.

“We’re hopeful of getting planning permission, because it would help the community and allow our younger players to carry on playing football for the club.”

Stefan says that the club will cover the costs of the floodlighting through fundraising, and hopefully grant funding.

He estimated that the lights would only be used around twice a month.

As part of a statement prepared by Abacus Lighting Ltd, who have been brought in to design the floodlighting, it reads: “There was one main obstacle that had to be considered, the cricket square.

“This playing area fell within the perimeter of the new proposed lighting columns.

“As these masts would be an obstruction to those playing participating in cricket during the cricket season, we have provided Bilsthorpe with removable masts down this one side of the pitch.

“Therefore when the football season is over operatives can remove the three masts and store them correctly until they are required again.”