Bath Rugby prepare to tackle Rec court challenge
Letters have gone out to hundreds of people in an effort by Bath Rugby to flush out a potential legal challenge to its arena scheme for The Rec.
The club wants to go to the High Court to get 1922 covenants covering the Recreation Ground effectively declared null and void.
The documents – drawn up when the Rec changed ownership at that time – are among a number of hurdles which the club needs to clear before it can develop a new arena with a larger capacity at its historic home.
The club has written to nearby residents asking them if they want to object to High Court moves to get the covenants declared unenforceable.
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The letter, from chief executive Nick Blofeld, says: "We take great pride in playing Premiership rugby in Bath; in playing rugby at the Rec; and in being a core part of the city of Bath. However, our facilities are outdated and do not properly do justice to the city."
The letter is accompanied by a booklet explaining the background to the covenants, which if enforced could jeopardise the arena scheme.
The letter concludes: "We take great pride in the role we play in Bath life, and we will continue to consult with you and the wider community about our plans and ambitions as they develop."
Mr Blofeld said: "We want to hear opinions of residents and fans alike, all of whom want to see a resolution to the future of Bath Rugby at the Rec. Fundamental to this are the 1922 covenants, which is why we are writing to residents."
The club is awaiting the approval of the Charity Commission for a land swap to allow it to have a greater share of The Rec, and is hoping that an application to have The Rec declared a town green will fail.
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