It's a serious attempt to protect this amenity
I along with many other citizens and beneficiaries of the Bath Recreation Ground applaud Jack Sparrow's sterling efforts in taking the initial steps toward the Rec being awarded town /village green status.
It is no surprise that Councillor Dixon has attempted to discredit and downcry Mr Sparrow's application as it is very clear to anyone attending Rec trustees' meetings that Councillor Dixon and his fellow trustees appear to be anything but impartial when it comes to facilitating the stranglehold that Bath Rugby Ltd has on the Rec.
Perhaps Councillor Dixon would like to elaborate on what grounds he thinks the application will fail.
I notice that he quotes the Leisure Centre as being in existence on Rec Trust land, he will of course know that this facility was built illegally by the council on land that did not (and still does not) belong to them, deliberately ignoring the covenants placed on the land when it was gifted to the citizens of Bath.
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This was allowed to stay in situ on the understanding that it was a unique exception and a fait accompli the proviso being made that when the facility came to the end of its useful life it would be demolished and the space it occupied returned to open space, part of the Rec again.
The open space that is the Rec, is open, it has gates that are opened every day to enable the public to access the charity's asset.
Of course anyone expecting to play amateur organised sport would expect to book time/ space for playing, be it tennis courts, croquet lawn, lacrosse cricket or any other organised games on an ad hoc basis, as a member of the public I also, like to walk across the Rec on occasion as do many local people enjoying the views surrounding it of the abbey and Sham Castle.
This application is not a stalling tactic rather it is a serious attempt to protect this precious amenity from speculators possibly obtaining the tenure and maybe ultimately the freehold, to be held not by Bath Rugby Ltd but possibly by an offshore company as head tenant interested only in profit making the rugby club a sub tenant.
Councillor Dixon you and B&NES Council are the ones who fail on all counts because you and the rugby club are abusing the covenants and contracts put in place precisely to protect the Rec for all time.
JILL MCGARRIGLE Lime Grove Gardens Bath
I refer to the editorial in last week's Chronicle about Mr Jack Sparrow and his application for the Rec to be made an official town green.
Since I do not have an address for Mr Sparrow, I hope he will have no objection to my using the 'Letters' page to ask him a question. It is one that I suspect many thousands in Bath who have participated in the democratically orchestrated consultation process run by the Charity Commission would like to ask.
It is – why are you muddying the waters by acting unilaterally in applying for the Rec to be made an official town green?
I don't know whether it is just Bath, but we seem to have a preponderance of individuals or minority groups who seem to believe they have the right to obstruct or make life difficult for the majority. I see it at my golf club and with other local issues or initiatives, all of which might improve life for the majority.
Is it ego, selfishness, small-mindedness or just bl**dy-mindedness?
I am a great believer in democracy and freedom of speech, but when there are legitimate processes in place to 'cast your vote' or 'make your opinion known', why do people like Mr Sparrow think they have a right to act unilaterally – to fly in the face of democracy, incur unnecessary costs (which we, the council tax payers have to finance) and waste councillors time when they are already way behind on a number of major schemes effecting the economic well-being of the cty and its constituents?
Might I suggest to Mr Sparrow he participate, like the rest of us, in the democratically orchestrated consultation process and abide by the results.
It is the way in which all objective and fair-minded members of a community conduct themselves, who believe democracy is the bedrock of civilised society.
STAN FRITH Prior Park Road Bath