Neighbours’ anger over plans for floodlights at Duston Leisure Centre

Duston Sports Centre
Duston Sports Centre

Plans to put up three floodlights outside the leisure 
centre in Duston have prompted an angry response from some nearby residents.

At least 11 homeowners in the area have expressed concern about a planning application put forward by Duston Parish Council.

One resident from Tesla Close, who did not wish to be named, told the Chron: “We are objecting to the floodlights as the light and noise from activities may cause us stress due to lack of sleep and could have a negative effect on local wildlife and stargazing.

“We already put up with noise in the summer and balls flying onto our gardens and cars,but this will be intolerable.

“We feel this is an act of commercialism, prioritising profits over the quality of life of residents.”

However, Northampton Leisure Trust assured residents the addition of floodlights would not mean the leisure centre would be open any later.

A spokesman said: “We want people to be able to enjoy playing their favourite sports all year round. At the moment people can only use our football pitches at Duston in the daytime, which is very limiting in the winter.

“Thanks to a grant from Sport England, these floodlights would not see the centre open later, but would mean that in the winter people could use the pitches after work.”

Some residents have arranged meetings with council members next week to have their concerns heard.

The floodlights application is open for comments until April 24 and can be found online at under reference number N/2014/0229. Call the parish council’s office on 01604 583626.