No lighting on Bean Field in Amherst

To the Editor:

This is a petition submitted to the Amherst Selectmen and will be submitted to the School and Zoning boards.

We, the undersigned residents of Amherst, N.H., are concerned about the recent efforts by the Amherst Recreation Department, with the consent of the Amherst School Board, to put temporary lighting on Bean Field for extended soccer practices. The Recreation Department has acknowledged that more extensive, and perhaps, even permanent lighting, to attract other sports teams and to light the fields for longer periods is a possible plan for the future.

We feel strongly that no lights should be allowed to be placed on these fields for the following reasons:

? A temporary lighting “test” clearly proved that the lights would directly impact surrounding houses and neighborhoods no matter how placed.

? The glare from the lighting on abutting property appears to constitute a light trespass that raises potential liability issues for the Amherst Recreation Department and the Amherst School Board.

? The Amherst Recreation Department and the Amherst School Board have not conducted any professional lighting study of the impact of lights on the neighborhood, particularly abutters, or on the natural environment, as requested by the Amherst Planning Board after reviewing the lighting application.

? Putting lights on Bean Field without a professional assessment of their impact violates the stated “Good Neighbor Policy” of the Amherst School Board, Amherst Recreation Department and Amherst Board of Selectman.

We seek your support in making a clear statement to the Amherst School Board, Amherst Planning Board and the Amherst Board of Selectmen, that allowing lights on Bean Field without a thorough and professional evaluation of the impact of the neighborhood exhibits a serious disregard of the property and individual rights of all Amherst residents.

Thank you for your thoughtful consideration of this matter.

DONNA J. RILEY, GEORGE D. HAMER, ELIZABETH HAMER, KEVIN LEROUX, LARRY GRENIER, JON COLANTUONI, CHRISTINE COLANTUONI, MARTY KARLON, PETER LOTT, BRIAN DILLION, JENNIFER DILLION, JOHN HILL, SUE COBLEIGH, PETER COBLEIGH, JOHN BOWKETT, JOSHUA DRAZEN, SHERRI DRAZEN, MARVIN NICHOLSON, LINDA NICHOLSON, MAUREEN MICHAUD, MARTIN NEVRLA, SUSAN RUCH, EDWARD BRACZYK, KENNETH BRUMLEVE, MARK ROBERTS, MAUREEN ROBERTS, ERIC ROBERTS and COLLEEN A. ROBERTS

Amherst