Reverend slams plans to build football pitch near church over players’ swearing

A rector is opposing plans for a football pitch near his church because he fears there will be too much swearing.

He reckons the sports field could lead to “holy” inappropriate language.

Alderley Park Ltd has applied for planning permission to build a full-size pitch in Nether Alderley, Cheshire.

But the Rev Jon Hale, of St Mary’s Church – which is about 200 metres away – has objected.

He fears it would result in whistle-blowing, shouting and loud swearing.

He said the noise from football matches and training sessions “can be disturbing and distressing”.

In his letter of objection he wrote: “These are sounds of whistle-blowing, crowd shouting and individual people shouting, often in a state of heightened emotion which can cause loud swearing.

“Despite the presence of trees and vegetation, the sounds from the proposed football pitch would carry, and particularly so in the winter – which is the football season – when the trees have shed their leaves.”

But Kath Mackay, managing director of Bruntwood SciTech, said: “The proposed sports pitch will create a valuable new amenity for the benefit of the local community and schools.

“Once built, the changing pavilion will also have an education room which can be used for a variety of activities such as after-school clubs and holiday camps, providing much needed space for the community and younger generations to come together.”

It comes after five parrots had to be removed from public view at a UK safari park after they started swearing at visitors.

The Friskney park at Lincolnshire Wildlife Park, which opened in 2003 and is home to over 1,500 parrots, accepted the new flock last summer.

But the birds soon discovered they all shared the ability to blast out obscenities.

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