Objections to West Hants plans for padel courts

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CONCERNS have been raised about balls hitting automobiles and “noise like gunfire” as plans to put in three new padel courts at a Bournemouth tennis membership have been described as “inappropriate”.

Nevertheless, the Talbot Woods and Branksome Residents Affiliation has moved to object the plans, three years after campaigning in opposition to an analogous software, elevating considerations about noise air pollution and flying balls.

Michael Pusey, of the group, mentioned: “We’ve mentioned we’re not in opposition to padel per se, however are in opposition to the best way the plans have come collectively.”

The plans state the brand new padel courts can be positioned on the placement of the present ‘centre court docket’ for tennis. The courts can be surrounded by a four-metre excessive acoustic fence.

“We have now not bought an issue with the garden tennis membership courts. The sport of padel could be very, very totally different,” Mr Pusey continued.

“Padel is a smaller court docket, it’s performed with a tough bat not a string bat and a tough ball which you hit in opposition to the perimeters.

“You’ve got a really excessive stage of percussion from ball to bat and the ball hitting the perimeters.

“The opposite factor is padel is a way more social exercise. You’ve got excessive decibels of individuals shouting.”

Mr Pusey mentioned tennis balls generally fly over into gardens of homes backing onto the courts and on to Elgin Highway.

He added: “We’re going to have balls, not mushy tennis balls, that may hit the street. They might hit a windscreen, it’s not a terrific scenario.

“It is a non-public members membership and it’s simply the flawed place.”

An objection lodged on the BCP Council planning portal by a resident neighbouring West Hants mentioned: “The one present padel court docket is noticeably louder than any of the present courts. The noise of the ball on the racket or on the glass encompass could be like gunfire. Merely put that present court docket already spoils my enjoyment of my again backyard.

“Moreover on many events that I’ve walked previous the courts I’ve heard the gamers shouting and swearing. I consider that if these padel tennis courts have been to go forward they’d massively detract from the realm and make a mockery of the conservation space.”

One other resident mentioned: “One padel court docket has brought about sufficient disturbance to neighbours of the membership, multiply that by three and have as much as 12 folks enjoying at anyone time can be insufferable.

“We miss out on how a four-metre excessive acoustic fence will cut back the noise stage to that of the present single court docket.

“We have now picked up quite a few balls in Elgin street which have originated from the padel court docket, it’s only a matter of time when one distracts a learner driver and an accident happens.”

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