Neighbours react to Athletic Ground plans
ALTHOUGH there have been no formal plans submitted, therefore no consultation has taken place, we asked residents who live near the Athletic Ground what they thought of the scheme.
Chris Hawkings, Glastonbury Road: “On balance I’d rather have open space here. It would depend on the type of houses built. We could have houses right over the fence and possibly lose privacy.
“There could be a huge block of houses with no open spaces for the children. Not nearby anyway.
“But I understand the clubs’ need to develop and that they are restricted by space. Plus there can be problems with access here.”
Julie Bryant, Glengarth B&B, Glastonbury Road: “I don’t want it, we’ve been here 11 years and we’re used to having the recreation space.
“The first I knew about it was a note through the door the night before the meeting.
“My son has used the Athletic Ground his whole life, like a lot of kiddies who play there all the time.
“This is a community site, if people don’t have transport they can walk here. They won’t walk to Haybridge.”
A Rowdens Road resident who does not wish to be named: “I don’t think they need the houses. There are two other developments already nearby. This will change the street and take away our view of Glastonbury Tor.”
Becky Collier, of Rowdens Road, has lived on the street for nine years: “I would be happy for improvements to be made to the athletics club here but I can’t see why they need to move to Haybridge.
“Mendip District Council is only considering the needs of those who use the ground formally and not all the people who use the ground as an open space.
“If the clubs agree with the move then it will be hard to stop as it is Mendip District Council granting planning permission to Mendip District Council.”