Four years into the redevelopment of their local high of school soccer pitchResidents living with Applewood Heights Secondary mississauga It is said that the noise and light like constant daylight is too much to bear.
In 2018, Peel District School Board carried out the plan to revive and rearrange FarmIt was replaced by shiny new turf and several football pitches lit from above by several 80-foot-tall stadium-style lighting rigs.
He also struck a deal with a company called Community. Play Partners who will be responsible for renting out time slots on the pitch to use for pickup and league games and practices, effectively eliminating free use of the arena by members of the local community.
In addition to a break during restrictions enforced in the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic, residents say they are exposed to constant shouting, swearing and whistling, and that their properties are covered with light pollution.
A video taken from inside her home during a game shows Global News, Lecia Fors, who has been a resident of the area since 1986, shakes her head at the screaming and screaming coming from just outside her backyard fence.
She said that she likes to enjoy the gazebo surrounded by greenery in her backyard, but has not been able to do so recently.
“I have two little grandchildren, and what they hear is the F-word and the S-word,” Force said.
“You just hear noises, screams and whistles,” says his neighbor Roman Wozniak, who also claims that people using the field have urinated on his fence.
When they take their complaint to the Peel District School Board or the city, they say they have been stoned.
“No one wants to talk to us,” Wozniak said.
It seems that every resident whose home directly lines the field has their own album of pictures showing just how intrusive the bright white beams can be; Shining in their bedrooms and in their backyards. Force says the light is so bright she can read in her backyard without even turning on her lights.
When the work was first done, the lights remained on until 11:00 pm, regardless of whether the area was actually in use or not. The bus to shut down the city at 10:00 is residents’ only victory in their dealings with the city and school board in the past four years.
In an emailed statement, a spokesperson for the Peel District School Board told Global News that the board had “several meetings with this group of residents. They had a delegation with our school board and the city of Mississauga. We with the city of Mississauga.” Will continue to cooperate and engage with local communities on this matter.”
The problem, residents say, is they feel they are locked in at every turn. He says it is like this from day one without any prior consultation.
“We didn’t hear about it until all the plans were finalized,” says Athena Tagidou, a member of the Applewood Hills and Heights Residents Association.
“Then we told them that something was happening in our area. And we had to take action.”
Tagidou accused the board of doing the same thing with a group of residents living near Hart Lake Secondary in Brampton, the site of another revived, brightly-lit football field rented by a private partner.
Global News visited Hart Lake Field just after 10 p.m. Wednesday and found that the lights were shining brightly, even though no one was using the pitch.
Those living near Applewood Heights Secondary School say they know people will accuse them of NIMBYism. They’ve already heard it.
Still, they insist that you never know how bad it is until you live in their homes.
Wozniak challenged critics, as well as Citi and PDSB employees, saying, “I want them to come here for a week.”
“It can happen to anyone. Anyone’s property,” added Force.
“I love watching people exercise; I love seeing them at games… there’s a place and time for everything, but it was a lack of judgment, a lack of communication with the residents.”
The Residents Association says it has considered taking the city and school board to court, but that comes with a hefty price tag.
To make things better, he says, officials will have to start by limiting allowed use of the area to six days a week, giving them at least one day a week for peace and quiet. They would also like the lights to be switched off and the grounds to be vacated by 9 pm
Global News contacted local city councilor Chris Fonseca for comment, but did not receive a response by the deadline.
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