Wells Sports Club confirms it will consider moving
WELLS Sports Club has given the green light to plans to move them to a new site in Haybridge.
Mendip District Council has come up with a plan to build a state-of-the-art sports ground for all the clubs in Wells – but it will involve selling the Athletic Ground to developers to pay for it.
Now the Sports Club – which includes the football, tennis, netball and archery clubs – has said that, in principle, it is happy for Mendip to draw up plans for them to look at.
Called a feasibility study, the plan will be drawn up by consultants to look at the finer details of moving the Sports Club to Haybridge and combining the site with land Wells Rugby Club has already bought.
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A Mendip spokesman said: “The sports clubs in wells have confirmed that they would be willing to consider the project further and look into the possible relocation.
“The proposal is due to go to Cabinet on November 11 and then, if passed, the council will continue to work closely with the clubs in order to move the project forward.”
Brian Smith, a trustee of the club, said: “We had a meeting and it was agreed by all four clubs that we want to progress with it.
“If we can get a longer lease and better facilities what’s not to like?
“There are large amounts of details to work out but we are quite happy for Mendip to go ahead with their study. We’re not 100 per cent committed yet.”
The plan is not without controversy with some claiming that the new site will be too far from the city centre for people to walk to and that it will mean losing another green space.
Shaun Plenty, who grew up on next to the Athletic Ground, said: “I’m a bit disappointed at the speed at which such a big decision has been made.
“My biggest gripe isn’t that the club is but that there will be more housing – it’s overkill.
“I was having a chat with someone at the weekend and we thought that Wells would just be a commuter town.
“People who can afford these houses will be working in Bath and Bristol.”