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Gloucestershire Cricket gets floodlight permission

Gloucestershire in action at the County Ground, Bristol. Credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

Gloucestershire County Cricket Club has today gained planning permission to install permanent floodlights at its Bristol ground.

This comes after an initial rejection of the plans by the council earlier in the year.

Campaigners who oppose the plans have said they would be eyesores and cause light pollution. However the club has argued that they would only be used during the cricket season, from April to September, and would help the club attract top international events like the 2019 Cricket World Cup, bringing huge benefits to the area.

We are delighted that the Committee has come to this decision as it finally allows us to realise our ambitions to bring International Cricket to Bristol.

We would like to thank everyone who has helped us develop these plans, particularly our neighbours whom we have continued to work with since February ... We will now work towards installing the lights ahead of the start of the 2016 season.

– Will Brown, Chief Executive, Gloucestershire Cricket