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Neighbours rejoice after problem keeping them up at night finally solved by council

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A tennis court floodlight that was preventing neighbours from sleeping has been removed following a row.

Dunbar Tennis Club, in the Scottish town’s Winterfield Park, was found to have breached planning conditions over light impact.


The club has been told by East Lothian Council that it can no longer use the floodlights and that it has demanded them to move them from the courts.

It follows a row over lighting levels where it became clear that the lux was higher than allowed.

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The lights were installed in 2019 on the condition the lux levels of the lighting would be five or under. However, it soon became clear that the actual lux level was higher than allowed.

The club then applied for permission to increase the level of Lux to ten, arguing the courts were in a town with street lighting.

However, that application was refused by East Lothian Council planners who received nearly a dozen complaints from neighbours about the bright lights.

One of the neighbours claimed they had to abandon using one of their bedrooms as the floodlights were too intrusive.

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Another nearby resident added that the lights when on were like having car headlights glaring into their home.

Dunbar Tennis Club which has three members courts and three public courts at the park, has now told members on its website that the council has told them they cannot use the lights.

The council has applied to move the lights which cover courts one, two and three, to courts four, five and six, which are further away from the housing.

Councillor Lyn Jardine called it in following objections.

She said: “This has been a contentious planning matter for some time…there remain unresolved concerns for some of the community most closely impacted.

“I feel it would be beneficial for all sides to have an opportunity to be heard and for the application to be decided upon by councillors.”

The application will be discussed at a virtual meeting on Tuesday, February 6.

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