Dear Society member / Community Share holder
Please make every effort to come along to this important consultation to have your say about Bath City’s proposed new stadium. It’s vital we hear the supporters’ voices BEFORE the submission of the planning application which is currently scheduled for March 2019.
Thursday 21st Feb
TR Hayes Lounge
We have conducted previous consultations and Q&A sessions (13th Dec, 24th & 25th Jan). The purpose of this evening is to have an open dialogue about progress to-date (for those who haven’t managed to attend previous sessions) and the key design features. The football stadium specialist architects from FWP (https://www.fwpgroup.co.uk/sectors/) will be present to guide and assist us. The Society Committee will also be available to share its conclusions, as required, gained as part of the intensive due diligence exercise it has conducted. The intention is to have an interactive structured session. There will be ample opportunity to ask questions and have your say.
The Redevelopment was integral to the Business Plan in the Big Bath City Bid and represents the only initiative the club has to clear its approx. £1m debts. The Redevelopment Working Group has assembled a comprehensive team of experts and has spent approx. 2 years working hard in partnership with Greenacre, the company which bought Twerton High Street and the ‘ransom strip’, to create the Development Agreement.
High Level Summary:
· The Club will receive £1.5m once the planning permission is completed. This is vital to the payment of debts and the financial viability of the club in the near future.
- As part of the overall scheme (which will also revamp Twerton High Street and provide student accommodation and some affordable housing) the club will benefit from:
- A brand new 1,000 seater grandstand (i.e. Football League standard) and an enclosure for 1,000 standing on the North side of the ground
- A comprehensive set of facilities, to include changing rooms, community rooms, gym, bar facilities,hospitality facilities (for match-day and non match-day use) etc.
Together these are valued at approx. £6m and have been designed with financial sustainability / revenue generating opportunities in mind.
- ·The Club will relinquish some of the current Car Park land (to enable the student accommodation to be built).
Every project of this magnitude and complexity has risks associated with it. The Society Committee has made it its No.1 priority to understand all the risks,potential impacts and the opportunities. We are confident that, with the help of our team of subject matter experts (some of whom are Society members), we have identified all the risks which we could reasonably expect to at this stage and understand the mitigation options of each. Our collective challenge is to assess these risks, implications and opportunities compared to not going ahead with the Redevelopment.
Come along to one of the consultations (or all of them!) to ask the questions we may not have thought of. There are additional public consultations planned in a different format as follows: There is also a supporters consultation planned at a date TBC.
2pm - 8pm
Weds 20th Feb
115a High Street, Twerton,
12pm– 3pm (ahead of the Slough Town fixture)
Saturday 23rd Feb
If you are not yet a Society member you will have an opportunity to join on the evening of 21st Feb. Community Shareholders can join at £5pa and the standard rate is £24pa
Michael Clayton (Chair)
Bath City Supporters’ Society