Whistle blown on Northampton estate’s sport pitch

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A row has broken out over stalled work to put up five-a-side football goals and a basketball hoop in a green in Standens Barn, Northampton.

Residents were consulted over the proposal more than 18 months ago by Northampton Borough Council.

However, after being told by the people living next to the green that they did not want the equipment the proposal was dropped.

Instead, the £3,000 scheme was then taken up by the Standens Barn Residents’ Association, who, undeterred, secured donations from local councillors and a collection at a shop and approved the proposal.

The decision was made by a committee on the association, without a fresh consultation.

Residents in Sladeswell Court and other surrounding roads were then shocked when, on November 2, this year, work suddenly began outside their houses.

They claim they were not told about the work or that it was still be debated. The final decision was taken at a meeting they claim they knew nothing about. They have since started a petition against the plan.

Local resident, Rosie Mullings, said: “In March 2011 we received a letter saying they wouldn’t be continuing the work going ahead because residents were against it. Then suddenly on November 2 we were all woken up at about 7.15am by a contractor getting his tools out to do the work.” Work has now been stopped pending a debate at next Tuesday’s meeting of the residents’ association.