Tonight Rochford District Council passed the application from Southend United by 20 votes to 8. However, they included a number of conditions . One was that the floodlights from the all-weather training pitch should only be used until 10 pm for three nights per week, instead of the six nights per week that the club wanted.
It was a dramatic evening , with hundreds of supporters listening, cheering and boooing outside. Full story tomorrow night.