Let's have a vote on Rec being used by rugby club
I am growing tired of the amount of self-righteousness in some quarters with regards to the Rec debate and I would like to suggest a possible solution that I feel is as fair as possible.
The Recreation Ground has always been intended primarily for the use of sport and rugby in particular has been played on the ground since 1884 (considerably longer than anyone who complains about its use for that purpose now has been alive).
To this day that does not prevent it being used for other purposes and I defy anyone to think of an event taking place, or group whose needs could not be met by the huge area behind the East Terrace.
As a rugby fan I will readily admit to my bias.
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However, what I would like to see is a thorough survey of the population affected, the best parameters probably being everyone of voting-age in B&NES. Perhaps something of this nature has already been suggested but as far as I am aware nothing as thorough has been implemented.
A simple question to the effect of "Is it right for Bath Rugby to continue to use the Recreation ground?" would surely be acceptable for all parties concerned. In order to overcome issues of practicalities and expense, perhaps all parties concerned would be willing to put their differences aside in order co-ordinate volunteers etc. that could carry out such a project? If it were possible, the only reason I can see that anyone on either side of the debate could object is fear of finding that the majority do not support them.
I am of course of the opinion the majority would support the rugby club. However, if said survey revealed otherwise, I for one would be happy to say that the club should make alternative arrangements.
We entrust the election of the leaders of our country to less democratic methods, so surely this would be good enough for our public spaces?
Chris Cleland Holloway Bath