UPPERMILL’S on-going car parking problems could be alleviated by plans to introduce more than 50 new spaces at Uppermill Sports Club.
Under proposals submitted to Oldham Council, the club at Leafields, which is home to Uppermill Cricket Club, wants to create 53 new spaces, taking the total available to 83.
A minimum daily charge, expected to be set at £2, with the revenue will be used to “future-proof the club” and make it more accessible to the community.
The application also includes associated CCTV, Pay and Display unites and three new practice nets.
If approved, work is expected to start later this summer.
Some residents on nearby Merlewood Avenue have expressed concerns the increased volume of traffic would lead to excessive noise and disturbance.
A meeting between officials and locals was due to take place as the Independent went to press.
A club representative said: “The club understands its position. We need to work with everyone.
“We will sit down with neighbours and make sure everyone is happy.
“It is a private car park but we haven’t got a benefactor. The aim is to safeguard the future of the club.
“All the monies will go is back for the enhancement of sport and the facilities at Uppermill Sports and Cricket Club.
“It is not to make money or line anyone’s pockets.
“If you lose your cricket club or cricket field, you lose your identity as a village. We just want the club to survive.”
The new training nets will cost approximately £30,000 and be sited closer to the clubhouse.
The current car park for the bowling club will be turned into a new members’ car park.
“We will keep it to minimal cost; probably £2,” the club representative continued.
“So, if you are there all day, you are there all day.”
The Independent also understands local businesses could be offered discount rates for staff.
“We want to keep charges minimal to encourage people to park. I don’t think £2 is excessive for a day’s parking,” said the club representative.
“At the moment people use the car park reserved for members but that’s not enforced.”
The car parking proposals have been welcomed by Saddleworth South OMBC councillor, Graham Sheldon.
“An increase in car parking spaces in Uppermill must be welcomed,” he said.
“The revenue which will be made by the sports club is also good news.
“The improvement to the road around the field to the clubhouse will be appreciated by members of the club and visitors who have suffered a bumpy road and large puddles on the car parking area next to the bowling green for many years.
“The smooth surface of the new road will reduce noise from traffic.
“The new bays and removal of nets to the other side of the field will tidy up the whole area.
“My concerns are for the residents of Leesfield Close and Merlewood Avenue.
“I would like some assurances from the developer and club that some time control will be put in place to stop any noise nuisance disturbing these residents.
“The road should be constructed in a manner where speeding cars do not become an issue.
“Overall this change in the field should work in favour of car parking problems, residents, and the sports club.”