Football club wants fence to keep dog walkers off its pitch

Thetford Football Club.

Thetford Football Club. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

Thetford Town Football Club is to install a perimeter fence around its ground, to stop people walking their dogs across the pitch.

The club is concerned that walkers are using its Mundford Road ground as an informal cut-through.

It plans to build a 2.4m fence, after receiving planning permission from Breckland Council.

The scheme will include a new anti-climb gate and an entrance for equipment to be brought into the club. 

Permission was granted at a Tuesday meeting of the council’s planning committee.

An officer told the meeting: “There’s current issues with the maintenance of the pitches. People use this as an informal cut-through and they also use it for dog-walking. 

“Due to poor maintenance [caused by] the informal cut-through, it means that the football club want to erect the fence and the gating to allow for better maintenance of the pitch.”

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He confirmed that a cut-through would still be possible along the side of the pitch and that the town’s leisure centre will not be closing its gate which allows access to a neighbouring field. 

Norfolk County Council said it had no objection on public rights of way grounds.