Prestwich sports pitch opposed

Bury Council is pressing ahead with plans for a controversial sports pitch in Prestwich which Jewish residents claim will increase antisocial behaviour.

The council will decide on Tuesday on its own application for a multi-sports pitch on King's Road, opposite Jewish homes and synagogues. The application was submitted despite an earlier public consultation in which councillors expressed shock at the level of Jewish concern.

One-hundred Jewish residents have signed petitions and there have been 25 individual objections.

There will be public access at nights and weekends. But it will not be lit and will be left permanently unlocked.

Father-of-four Simcha Wells observed: "The majority of residents won't use it on Shabbos because they are religious Jews. People from outside the area will come to use it."

    Last updated: 10:58am, February 11 2011