Pe­ti­tion to save the Julie Rose sta­dium

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Opinion - by Sarah Mar­shall smar­shall@thek­m­group.co.uk

A PE­TI­TION to save the Julie Rose Sta­dium has been re­ceived by the chair­man of the Julie Rose Sta­dium Trust.

Cllr Peter Dav­i­son (Ash Ind) plans to de­liver the 700-name pe­ti­tion to April’s meet­ing of Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil.

In ad­di­tion, 911 peo­ple have joined a group called Save the Julie Rose Sta­dium on so­cial net­work­ing web­site Face­book.

Sta­dium staff were put at risk of re­dun­dancy and the open­ing hours threat­ened when Ash­ford coun­cil said it could not give the trust the nec­es­sary fund­ing for run­ning the sta­dium in the com­ing fi­nan­cial year.

Talks are con­tin­u­ing and Cllr Dav­i­son is hope­ful open­ing hours and ac­tiv­i­ties will not be cut.

He said: “If the bor­ough coun­cil con­firms its lat­est of­fer of fund­ing and we can over­come some ob­sta­cles, the sta­dium will con­tinue with the same ser­vices and hours.

“The cuts will be made in run­ning costs; hav­ing fewer staff will not be ideal.”

Two jobs have been lost in the sta­dium gym in the past month.

Cllr Dav­i­son hopes an agree­ment will be fi­nalised in the next week, end­ing the un­cer­tainty.

A deal should be done by the time the coun­cil re­ceives the pe­ti­tion but Cllr Dav­i­son is hope­ful that it will demon­strate the pub­lic sup­port for the sta­dium and could help the trust’s case for coun­cil fund­ing in the fu­ture.

The coun­cil de­clined to com­ment.

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