Ex­hi­bi­tion out­lines plan for Bath City FC

Fu­ture of ground on show

Bath Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - Jonathan Coles Re­porter 01225 322206 jonathan.coles@reach­plc.com

The next round of pub­lic con­sul­ta­tions on pro­pos­als to re­de­velop part of Bath City FC’S home ground have be­gun. An ex­hi­bi­tion held at Tw­er­ton Park last week out­lined ini­tial de­signs for the scheme. Ac­cord­ing to a pam­phlet is­sued at the event, the fol­low­ing aims are at the heart of the de­ci­sion-mak­ing process for the in­ter­ested par­ties: To pro­vide a long term, sus­tain­able fu­ture for Bath City FC at its his­toric home To im­prove the fa­cil­i­ties and match day ex­pe­ri­ence for fans of Bath City FC For the ground to be­come a hub for Tw­er­ton by pro­vid­ing fa­cil­i­ties for the wider com­mu­nity To in­crease the ap­peal of the area, giv­ing rea­son for peo­ple to come into the area who would not cur­rently ex­pe­ri­ence it To im­prove leisure and re­tail fa­cil­i­ties on the high street in Tw­er­ton To pro­vide ‘much needed’ af­ford­able hous­ing To raise the pro­file of Tw­er­ton across Bath and be­yond It it hoped that, if given the go ahead, the Greenacre Cap­i­tal re­de­vel­op­ment would en­able the foot­ball club to clear its debts and cre­ate new rev­enue streams so it can re­main sol­vent in the fu­ture. Ini­tial de­signs sug­gest the new Grand­stand at Tw­er­ton Park could in­clude up to 1,000 cov­ered seats and room for 1,000 stand­ing - with the po­ten­tial for a fur­ther 1,000 seats in the fu­ture - and other fa­cil­i­ties de­signed to en­hance the match­day ex­pe­ri­ence. The ‘com­mu­nity hub’ is be­ing pro­posed as a multi-func­tional space to al­low us­age by var­i­ous lo­cal groups, in­clud­ing hot de­sk­ing, a gym and other fa­cil­i­ties. There are also plans in place to in­clude af­ford­able hous­ing and stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion as part of the de­vel­op­ment, and re­gen­er­ate parts of Tw­er­ton High Street. The doc­u­ment also goes on to warn that, if ma­jor re­de­vel­op­ment does not take place, Bath City FC may be forced to sell the site and move else­where. There has al­ready been some ob­jec­tions to the scheme from res­i­dents, with com­plaints about park­ing, hous­ing and the ef­fects of build­ing work among other is­sues raised. There will be an­other ex­hi­bi­tion show­ing fi­nal de­signs be­fore an ap­pli­ca­tion is sub­mit­ted to Bath and North East Som­er­set Coun­cil. Peo­ple have un­til Satur­day to sub­mit their feed­back re­gard­ing the scheme, which can be pro­vided by go­ing to https://tinyurl.com/ ycaqfzph

The ex­hi­bi­tion at Tw­er­ton Park show­cased some of the pro­pos­als and ini­tial de­signs for the scheme

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