No gentleman's agreement at Rec
I was interested to read Harry Barstow's letter, I would love to know where he gets his information from. My dictionary tells me that the definition of a covenant is a written agreement, to enter into a formal agreement.
This rather calls into question the veracity of the so called comments made to Mr Barstow by members of the rugby club. Perhaps Mr Barstow would like to see my copy of the covenants made on April 6, 1922 between The Trustees of the Bathwick Estate and The Bath and County Recreation Ground Trust.
There was no gentleman's agreement, it's all in black and white Harry.
The final page of the contract states very clearly that it is subject to the conditions of the original conveyance of 1922, in particular the second schedule on restrictions conditions and stipulations which states: "The Corporation will not use The Recreation Ground otherwise than as an open space and will not show any undue preference to or in favour of any particular game or sport or any particular person, club body or organisation". It also excludes all building of any kind. Says it all Harry.
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To sum up, having noted the points of view of the pro Bath RFC brigade even if they played 20 games per season that leaves at least 345 days for an arena to be used for commercial gain.
This is not what the Rec was intended for. Read the covenant and contract Harry.
This also applies to others who interfere from afar whether from Wellow, Dorset or Timbuktu – better to cause strife in their own backyards.
Keith McGarrigle Lime Grove Gardens Bath