No to Multi Use Games Area on Tennis Courts at King George V Playing Fields, Ferndown
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The King George’s Field Charity (KG5), Ferndown plan to build a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) on the site of existing tennis courts 5&6 on the KG5 campus. Whilst recognising the value of multi sport facilities, we the undersigned members of the local community and users of the campus believe that the current proposed siting of the facility on tennis courts 5 and 6 is not acceptable for the following main reasons.
- NOISE. Courts 5 and 6 are adjacent to housing in Cherry Grove and Church Road. The noise generated by use of the MUGA (particularly for football) will significantly impact on local residents’ ability to enjoy their gardens.
- NUISANCE. Anti-social behaviour has already been a problem on the campus; the addition of a MUGA will potentially make this problem worse, if the facility is used regularly for team sports.
- VIABILITY. No research into the demand for a MUGA has been conducted and as a result it is difficult to justify the investment in the facility, particularly when the lack of use of other MUGAs in other areas has resulted in the creation of expensive ‘white elephants’, which get little or no use.
- TENNIS. Tennis is the only sport on the campus that is played year round and in which participation is growing. It is also the only sport that caters to all ages and abilities and for which there is a proven and growing demand.
In addition, we the undersigned believe that on a campus as large as KG5 it would be possible to find an alternative site for a MUGA that would not create noise and nuisance problems for campus neighbours and other users of the facilities, whilst limiting also access to tennis for which there is a growing demand.
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