RESIDENTS say their lives will be ruined if plans for 50 homes on Colchester’s Gas Rec playing fields go ahead.

Developer Denis Diggin said the flats and houses, off Bromley Road, will secure the future of Gas Recreation Football Club and the 8th Colchester Scouts.

One of the two football pitches would be retained and a clubhouse, Scout hut, astroturf training pitch and drop-off area for Roach Vale Primary School are included in the plans.

Homeowners in Salary Close, which would be used as the entrance to the development, say the plans will ruin their community.

The group Save Our Salary Close has been set up to protest against the proposals. Spokesman Zena Smart said: “This area can’t cope with the increased traffic this development would produce.

“It would ruin our lives and a big concern."