Public meeting to discuss fears over Bath Rugby new arena plans for Rec
A public meeting has been called to air concerns over Bath Rugby’s plans for a new arena at The Rec.
The club has written to hundreds of people living around the Recreation Ground in an attempt to flush out a potential legal challenge over its proposals to develop a ground fit for the 21st century.
It has asked people for their views on a series of covenants drawn up in 1922 which could be a stumbling block to its scheme, although the club is confident that it will be able to persuade a High Court judge that the documents no longer hold water legally.
The public meeting on Thursday has been organised by local councillor Manda Rigby, who coincidentally is chair of Bath City Football Club.
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It will take place at 7.30pm, at the United Reformed Church, Grove Street.
Bath Rugby asked if it could send a representative to the meeting, but Ms Rigby said the idea was to get questions and comments together, and then invite the club to a subsequent meeting, or ask by letter, for its response.
Ms Rigby (Lib Dem, Abbey) said: “After the distribution of the letter, I have been contacted by many residents, some angry, some scared, some confused, about what the request for information from Bath Rugby means to them.
“In the distributed leaflet, Bath Rugby say that individuals may want to take legal advice, and whilst accepting that individual circumstances may vary, a lot of the legal advice is common to all, so I thought it worth getting as many people as possible together, to share advice between us. People both very pro-rugby remaining on the Rec, and equally anti it, are concerned about the overdevelopment and over-commercialisation of the green space, and the detrimental impact on local people every day of the year not just on home matches and big event days. The potential impact of the route Bath Rugby are proposing would set aside covenants on the whole area, not just the parcel leased to them.”
The Pulteney Estate Residents’ Association will be involved in the meeting.