Huge majority in favour of shake-up to allow new arena at Rec
The vast majority of people commenting on newly-published plans for Bath’s Recreation Ground have supported a shake-up which will lead to the city’s rugby club developing a bigger arena.
The Charity Commission received 1,868 representations over a document it issued which suggests a land-swap to square Bath Rugby’s expansion with the charitable status of the city centre site.
Of these, 1,624 (87 per cent) supported giving the club a lease for a bigger area in exchange for the club’s former training facilities at Lambridge passing into the ownership of the Recreation Ground Trust.
But the fact that there were 244 objections means that the commission needs to assess these before deciding whether or not to confirm the proposals.
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Trust chairman Councillor David Dixon said: “The trust board is delighted with the strong support that the scheme received through its publication. The response of 87 per cent in favour reflects our previous consultation and confirms its validity. Although we are disappointed that the scheme has to go through a further stage, we recognise that the commission has to follow this procedure. We are confident that the scheme is in the best interests of the beneficiaries and that our proposal is the right way forward for the Rec.”
The trust says it expects the Rec to host a Somerset County cricket game this summer.