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Protest over driving centre plans

The protest (pic by Paul Pickard)
Villagers fear the plans could bring more noise and traffic

Dozens of villagers turned out to protest at multi-million pound plans to extend a driving centre at a disused Staffordshire airfield.

The Driveme.Net company, which offers prestige driving experiences, has applied for four tracks and storage at Seighford Airfield, near Stafford.

However, residents fear the expansion of the present site will be extra noise and traffic to the area.

The firm said noise would not be a problem at the site.

'Main concern'

Organisers said that more than 100 people turned up to take part in the protest on Saturday afternoon.

The Reverend Andrew Hetherington, whose parish includes Seighford, was one of those who took part.

He said: "There are issues about noise and the numbers of people projected to use the facility. Traffic is a main concern."

"In their own planning application they make reference to Alton Towers and Drayton Manor, which are large facilities.

"If they are comparing themselves to them, that's the situation they are looking forward to."

Driveme.Net's director Andy Davies said the development of the site would improve the local area and any noise would be kept to a minimum.

Stafford Borough Council's planning committee will be discussing the application next month.

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