PINCHBECK PARISH COUNCIL: Football club's plans to build junior academy and improve sports field is opposed
Footballers in Pinchbeck have suffered a double blow after plans to create a junior academy and improve Knight Street sports ground where unanimously opposed.
During a meeting of Pinchbeck Parish Council on Monday, members voted unanimously to object to plans by Pinchbeck United Football Club to build and open a junior academy for its 17 children's and youth teams on land off Northgate, Pinchbeck.
Parish councillors also failed to back plans for the redevelopment of the Glebe Field, off Knight Street, Pinchbeck, where the club wants to put up floodlighting, fencing, a footpath around the pitch and a timber stand for spectators.
The vote goes against South Holland District Council's decision in June 2017 to grant approval for the improvements to the Glebe Field.
During Monday's meeting, Pinchbeck parish and district councillor James Avery said: "Myself and the rest of the parish council are very supportive of Pinchbeck United Football Club and have always been supportive of the club, particularly in its ability to attract and engage young people.
"Two planning permissions are required for the Glebe Field and Northgate but, in my opinion, the permission the football club seeks from the parish council holds much greater weight than the district council's planning permission.
"Am I supportive of the football club's successes and aspirations? Yes.
"Do I support the club's continued use of the Glebe Field and Northgate? Yes.
"But do I support the development of the Glebe Field and Northgate? No I don't."
Parish councillors were told of nine other sites in Pinchbeck and West Pinchbeck that could have been considered by the football club.
Coun Avery described the football club's plans as "the Sword of Damocles", referring to a story from fourth century Italy of Damocles who was sat at a banquet with a sword suspended over his head by a single hair, over the heads of Pinchbeck villagers.
"There has been an expectation that the parish council would simply roll over because planning applications were submitted without its permission", Coun Avery said.
"But I don't think the parish council owes the football club anything.