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Northern hockey club celebrate as floodlights project is approved

A CROSBY sports club is celebrating after their bid to erect eight floodlights was approved by planning officers.

The Northern Club, based at Moor Park, on Elm Avenue, will now build the 12m-high lights next to their hockey pitch.

The club had claimed that without the installation of the new lights, the future of their hockey section was at risk due to the rising costs of having to play outside the area.

With evening games and night time training ruled out, the club have had to find a new ‘home’ venue in Ormskirk with practice sessions taking place in south Liverpool.

Andy Halpin, Director of Hockey at Northern, said: “It’s fantastic news for everyone here at the club.

“I’m still in shock to be honest and can’t stop pinching myself.”

The plans, which were submitted to Sefton Council in October, state that the lights will only be used for a maximum of two hours per day and never later than 9pm.

In 1999, council officials turned down a similar application from the club, saying that the columns would be “damaging to the appearance and character of the area” as well as raising concerns about the extent of glare which might come from the lights.

Mr Halpin said: “We only had one objection from our neighbours and are very pleased that people seemed to appreciate the measures we were putting in place.

“Technology has moved on a lot since the last application, so we will use cowled lighting heads which will reduce the glare and we have also lowered the height of the columns from 15m to 12m.”

Funding has been set aside for the project, but the club is also planning events to help raise money for the new lights and finance the installation of an all-weather pitch.

“By mid-January, we hope to have installed the new pitch and the floodlights, both of which are necessary for us to attract players and continue to provide good sporting facilities for Crosby,” added Mr Halpin.

“We are now a proper community club and can invest time and effort into training, taster sessions and camps.

“We have lots to celebrate.”

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