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Not everyone happy with cricket club’s plans

Beverley Cricket Club has lodged a planning application with East Riding of Yorkshire Council to erect three high nets at their Norwood Park ground to stop cricket balls flying into neighbouring gardens.

Two eight-metre high nets and one 12-metre high net are proposed to protect properties on Manor Close and Copandale Road.

The club says it follows concerns expressed from the owner of a property close to the cricket pitches and in supporting the application, Martin Pickthall, of Copmandale Road, said: “I have for the last ten-plus years regularly had cricket balls fly into my garden and on one occasion broke a patio door to my house. I have frequently asked for fencing to be erected but to date my requests have been ignored.”

However, Judy and Bryan Gregory, of Hargreave Close, described it as an “over the top” reaction. In an objection to planners they wrote: “The height off the proposed nets is obtrusive and a block on the adjoining amenity of the area.”