Village football club given go-ahead to build floodlights

News update....
News update....
  • Village club given planning permission to build floodlights.
  • Bilsthorpe FC says it needs the lights to be be brought up to FA standards.
  • There will be eight plinths with 16 lights, costing around £60,000.

A village football club has been given the green light to build £60,000 floodlights on their ground.

Bilsthorpe FC need the lighting to help bring the club up to FA standards.

The application was given the go-ahead by planners at Newark & Sherwood District Council for the 15-metre-high plinth around the pitch off Kirklington Road.

Chairman and secretary of the club, Stefan Hopewell said: “It’s part of the requirements needed if the senior teams get promoted.

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

There will be eight plinths built with 16 lights in total.

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.

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.”