Rugby would flourish away from city centre
The Trustee proposal of 2011 attracted only 4,515 responses, mostly from unidentified sources.
The new 'scheme' had only 1,868 responses, a drop of over 58 per cent. So is support for the idea declining? The Chronicle gave the latter figure headlined "Rugby club plans win backing from public". Strange as it may seem, I thought we were asked to respond to the 'scheme' not rugby club plans, since none of the latter were included. We now learn that the 'scheme' is to be reviewed by the Charity Commission. This may be because they have realised that swapping, leasing or renting land away from the Recreation Ground, to give professional rugby more space on the Rec, only exacerbates the illegality, breaking English law; Charity rules and defies the High Court. Or it could be that secret, unauthorised and undisclosed dealings by the trustees since November 2011 have now been exposed.
It may surprise rugby supporters that if the 'scheme' was agreed, then their club would be sub-tenants of an organisation based in the Bahamas who could eject them at any time.
The town green application on the other hand, being both open and requiring no changes to the legitimate use of the Recreation Ground, may seem more appealing.
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Professional rugby moving out of the city centre would not have the detrimental effect claimed by some. Moving to the outskirts would not stop supporters attending, nor stop they and their families spending time at other Bath outlets. Bath Rugby could learn from Exeter chiefs, who are now flourishing since moving out of the centre of Exeter.
It appears my family history is of interest to some correspondents. I have been associated with Bath since 1958 and my wife's family since the early 1800s.
I do not use expletives in an attempt to get my point across and it is only since last week that I have been described as a "hurdle".
Jack Sparrow Forester Road Bathwick Bath