Letter to residents 14th November

Dear Neighbour,
As you may know, Bristol City Council have approved our planning application for the installation of four floodlights at our club.
We are very grateful for the letters of support we received, but are also conscious of the concerns some residents had about the impact on the local area and wildlife. The full planning documents, including plans and conditions of permission can be found at:
https://pa.bristol.gov.uk/onlineapplications/
applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=QCU3TCDNHZP00
The key elements are:
1. Use of the floodlights will be limited to a maximum of 20 days per year which will be between 15th September and 10th October and use will cease by 10pm.
2. The floodlights will be used to illuminate bowls matches. They will be used for no other events.
3. We will produce a Floodlight Usage Management Plan, for Council approval, to cover:
Who is responsible for switching the lights on and off and the criteria for
determining their use; How the lights will be maintained and tested; How any complaints will be dealt with. We will publish this plan on our website. In response to concerns about light pollution, the floodlights include cowls to the top to reduce light spill onto neighbouring properties. Prior to the first operation of the flood lights, we will submit a report detailing the actual luminance levels for Council approval.
Works and timetable
We are making every effort to avoid disruption to local residents while we install the lights, but do sincerely apologise if our work does cause any inconvenience. We have already started the preparation works. Holes for the poles and trenches for the wires have been dug, and a concrete lorry and pumping station are booked for 16 November at 2pm. On 23 November, the electrical contractors will be starting, and the floodlights will be arriving between 10.30 and 11.00am. They will be arriving by lorry, and the long poles will be carried carefully from Sommerville Road into the green. We will need clear access on that day, so please bear with us as we try
and keep the road immediately outside the green (club house side) clear of parked cars. The floodlights will be assembled one per day thereafter, with the aim that works be completed by Friday 27 November.
You can view progress of the work on our website at
https://bsabowls.co.uk/category/news/
We hope that once the lights are installed, and Covid 19 regulations allow, we will be able to invite local residents to view them in situ at the club.
In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns about installation, please email info@bsabowls.co.uk or call me on 07792 243844.
The funding for our lights has been made possible through a grant from Sport England, who recognised the importance of outdoor physical exercise for physical and mental health and wellbeing, as well as the social benefits of bowling. We were delighted to welcome many local people to our successful Bowling Taster day in August, and hope that some of you will join us again as players in the new season. The floodlights will secure the future of the club as one of the foremost bowling clubs in Bristol, and as a local community asset, for many years to come.
Thank you again for your forbearance while we complete these works.
Yours sincerely
John Pearce
Club Chairman