Council to decide on Sports Club's relocation
A DECISION about moving the sports clubs in Wells to a new state-of-the-art ground will be made next month.
Mendip District Council has proposed moving the Sports Club – which includes the football, tennis, netball and archery clubs – to a purpose-built ground at Haybridge.
The new site would be next to land already bought by Wells Rugby Club and would be paid for by building houses on the Athletic Ground and rugby pitch.
Before the decision is made, all the clubs involved need to agree to the move – and the council has set a deadline of before their next cabinet meeting for them all to agree.
This way the cabinet can make the final decision at the November 11 meeting.
A Mendip spokesman said: “We’ve yet to hear from all the sports clubs, although we are hopeful that we will receive their agreement in principle within the next week or so.
“The response from the clubs will be reflected in the report to the council’s cabinet in November, which, if agreed, will allow us to move forward with the project.”
The plan follows negotiations between the council and a local landowner to secure a 60-year lease next to the rugby club’s new land.
Mendip hopes that by moving so many of the city’s sports clubs onto one site, they will be able to share a range of new facilities.
Councillor John Parham, portfolio holder for governance, assets and public spaces, said: “I will certainly be recommending that Cabinet approve this ambitious scheme. It’s great news for sports clubs in Wells and will ensure that they can thrive by benefiting from new high-quality facilities.
“I would particularly like to thank the sports club and the rugby club for their support and cooperation in bringing this ambitious project to fruition.”
Richard Hibberd, a director of Wells RFC, said: “The rugby club has been working together with Mendip District Council on this project and is delighted at reaching this major milestone.
“The council is to be congratulated for its imagination and determination in progressing this impressive idea.
“Wells RFC is delighted to be a major protagonist in bringing such high-quality sports facilities to the city, which will be of significant benefit to both current and future generations.”
See wellsjournal.co.uk tomorrow for the Tennis Club's reaction and readers' letters.