December 10 2013 Latest news:
Friday, September 13, 2013
Colchester United’s manager has hit out after complaints about players training “out of hours” at the club’s Tiptree base.
The U’s application for amended hours of training at their new Florence Park complex in Tiptree was approved by planners in January.
But since then the club has been blighted by complaints from people living nearby about players training outside agreed times.
Colchester United boss Joe Dunne said: “We’ve progressed OK with injuries.
“But I only say OK because we have had complaints about having two or three of my injured players training on the training pitch on Wednesday.
“The complaints came from the residents. It’s incredible, isn’t it?
“It’s just incredible. The first team were in yesterday and we trained on the Astroturf, which is a risk in itself, around the corner at Thurstable School.
“Just for rehab, three of our players – Freddie Sears, Brian Wilson and Gavin Massey – did about 15 minutes work on the grass pitches. We had complaints, but that’s what we are up against.”
People living in Tiptree had argued the amended and extended training hours would increase noise pollution and said the club was already flouting existing planning conditions.
But their protests were in vain when the U’s proposal was passed.
Colchester borough councillor Richard Martin, who represents Tiptree, said: “There have been several residents who live next to the pitches who have been complaining about noise levels. The club is breaking conditions on their planning approval.
“It seems there has been quite a lot of noise and it’s quite understandable that people living right on the side of the pitches are going to be the most affected.”
The League One club, which moved to Florence Park last summer, is continuing its work to meet the requirements of the club’s targeted long-term Category Two status, in line with the Elite Player Performance Plan.