A SPORTS club planning to install new 12-metre-high floodlighting has promised neighbours it will have 'virtually no effect' on them.

Blewbury Tennis Club has unveiled plans to erect the six lights around its courts at the village recreation ground off Bohams Road.

The players have said the lighting would allow them to use the clubs properly during the dark winter months for the first time, and also allow people to play after work.

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However, in their planning application to Vale of White Horse District Council they have also acknowledged that the bright lights could raise concerns.

Addressing these potential worries, the club said the new floodlights would be 'fitted with the latest directional LED sports lighting designed to minimise sky glow and spill light and only light the courts themselves'.

They also stated categorically 'there will be virtually no spillage of light'.

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The application states: "The club’s function in the community is prohibited during the winter months and lighting would enable working people to use the club either pay and play or members."

Members of public can see the full plans for themselves at whitehorsedc.gov.uk using reference number P19/V0512/FUL.

The council is aiming to give the club a decision by April 24.