‘Spoiled forever’

From left, protestors Garie Fotheringham, Kate Spall, Sheila Robertson, John Parsons-Smith, Emmy Allen, and Meg Robinson.
From left, protestors Garie Fotheringham, Kate Spall, Sheila Robertson, John Parsons-Smith, Emmy Allen, and Meg Robinson.

AN ‘unspoilt’ part of the Green Belt could be ruined forever if plans for an astroturf pitch go ahead, campaigners say.

The Castle Hill Association, which has 65 families as members, says Berkhamsted School wants to level part of the valley in Kitchener’s Field, build four-metre-high fences and put up floodlighting.

The site falls within the Green Belt, and is both part of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and an Area of Archaeological Interest.

Kevan Debonnaire, speaking for the residents’ association, said: “The unspoilt countryside would change forever, with a large area of astro turf, high fencing and at least eight 18 metre tall lighting poles.”

But Mark Steed, principal of Berkhamsted School, said: “This is an important project for us.

“We are acutely aware of the sensitivities of this site and are keen to come up with a design that will not detract from the beauty of the valley.”

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