HABA takes stance

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Hor­sham Am­a­teur Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion Board has re­leased a state­ment in re­sponse to Hor­sham Ru­ral City Coun­cil’s adop­tion of con­cept de­signs and a busi­ness plan for a multi-use in­door sta­dium in Hor­sham.

Over­all, we are not op­posed to a new sports sta­dium, we are op­posed to the cur­rent pro­posal. The fol­low­ing ex­plains our stance as we con­tinue to pur­sue af­ford­able bas­ket­ball for all.

• HABA is adamant that it must avoid any cost in­crease to the mem­bers of Hor­sham Am­a­teur Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion. This project would be un­af­ford­able for the bas­ket­ball and the com­mu­nity.

• HABA will not be in­volved in any cost sub­si­dis­ing of other sport­ing groups.

• HABA views its au­ton­omy as a very im­por­tant as­pect for the suc­cess of the as­so­ci­a­tion and main­tains the need to keep it.

• HABA has ma­jor con­cerns with the pro­posed man­age­ment struc­ture of the cen­tre.

• HABA has ma­jor con­cerns with the cur­rent pro­posed court sched­ul­ing be­ing made avail­able by Hor­sham Ru­ral City Coun­cil, HRCC.

• HABA views the pro­posed build­ing de­sign as not suit­able for the fu­ture needs of bas­ket­ball and very lim­ited in the fu­ture re­quire­ments of all sports com­pared with the cur­rent avail­able cost­ing pro­vided by the Project Con­trol Group.

• HABA sees lit­tle ben­e­fit to its mem­bers in be­ing in­volved in the pro­posed sta­dium in its cur­rent de­sign ver­sus the risk of los­ing the struc­ture that makes us the envy of other bas­ket­ball as­so­ci­a­tions.

• HABA has ad­vised HRCC that it must im­me­di­ately cease us­ing the HABA’S name and its mem­bers num­bers in any fu­ture ref­er­ence or grant ap­pli­ca­tion to­wards the pro­posed sta­dium be­cause this is mis­rep­re­sent­ing the HABA and its stance on the pro­posed sta­dium.

• HABA has ad­vised HRCC that it will not be in­volved in the pro­posed sta­dium in any way un­der the cur­rent build­ing de­sign and busi­ness case.

We hope that this state­ment helps out­line our po­si­tion.

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