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Locals cry foul over 'football stadium'

RESIDENTS living near football club AEK BOCO's base in Hanham have warned they will fight tooth and nail to stop plans for what they call a 'budding football stadium'.

The club is drawing up proposals to put up floodlights around the main pitch at Greenbank Playing Field and install two spectator stands to accommodate around 100 people, with up to 50 seats and 50 standing spaces.

They say the plans would enable the club to progress and argue the impact would be minimal as the floodlights would only be switched on during Saturday match days and one midweek evening.

But many people living nearby say the floodlights are too close to local homes and would "adversely affect" their quality of life.

AEK BOCO, which is the largest FA community club in the region with nearly 650 players representing 41 teams, revealed the plans at a public meeting at the club's pavilion in April.

About 100 people, including Hanham councillors John Goddard and June Bamford, packed into the main room to 

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