EASTCOTE Hockey Club has been unable to quell a torrent of anger from residents over its bid to build a second artificial pitch on Kings College Playing Fields.
A public meeting at Winston Churchill Hall last Thursday, hosted by Ruislip Residents’ Association, pitted the hockey club’s president and chairman against the Friends of Pinn Meadows.
Chris Clarke, hockey club president, told the hundred-strong audience: “We can only play 65 per cent of our games on the existing pitch; for the rest we go to other sites. We don’t want to turn people away, we want to enlarge our facilities and give people an environment where they can prosper.”
Graham Pile, club chairman, added: “Each artificial pitch only takes up five per cent of Kings College Playing Fields.”
But the pair were strongly rebuffed by Friends chairman Rob Cousins.
“This pitch would permanently exclude residents, not to mention the visual impact, the impact on the adjacent public footpath, increased light and noise pollution, the effect on the floodplain and exacerbation of traffic and parking problems,” he said. “No one who walks across the fields wants to see this monstrous carbuncle. What is this big demand you talk about? It is one or two extra games on a Saturday.”