The Vale of Glamorgan Council is to install “on demand” floodlighting at a proposed new “Multi-Use Games Area” to be installed at the Paget Road Children’s Playground – as part of an overall upgrade of the facilities.
A planning application for the floodlight installation has been submitted by the council to the officers of its own planning department – and will NOT be brought before councillors who are members of the Vale of Glamorgan planning committee unless a local member of the council “calls-in” the scheme. So far, that has not happened.
The lighting scheme involves the installation of three new floodlight units which would illuminate a proposed new Multi Use Games Area at Paget Road Open Space. It appears that this new Multi-Use Games Arena would replace the existing football/basketball area which has been on the site for many years.
Other parts of the proposed “upgrade” to the Paget Road Play Area are not being submitted to the planning department because they are considered to be “Permitted Development ” – which the council already has the necessary authority to build on the site
The council has specified 3 “Urbis Ampera Maxi 5121” floodlights which will be mounted on grey-coloured 6 metre-high aluminium columns (i.e. nearly 20 feet above the ground).
The council’s ecology officer is amongst those being consulted about the installation.
The floodlights will be controlled by a timing device triggered by a push button and set up to allow the lights to be switched on at any time up to 21:00 hours at night. A “warning buzzer” will inform give users advance warning when the lights are about to be turned off.
The Vale Council says the lighting will “meet Class 3 lighting standard for pitches and has been chosen as a lighting standard for use by local families and is not intended for competition sports matches.”
Details of the other equipment to be installed at the Paget Road Play Area have not yet been released by the council – and will not be subject to planning permission.
Penarth Town Council’s planning committee has not yet considered the scheme.