Town Council Against New Cricket Ground Plan.

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LEDBURY Town Council has voted not to support a planning application for a new cricket ground off the Ross Road.

The Town Council is concerned over the "total lack of detail" in the change of use planning application, concerning car parking and access and egress onto the proposed site.

Councillors are believe the new development would be "detrimental to the future of the town", due to the loss of open space at the existing cricket pitch site, behind the Full Pitcher pub.

"If we are going to lose the green space we have now, no way will I support this," said the Herefordshire Councillor for Ledbury, Phill Bettington.

The existing cricket club site is already subject to an associated application, by the Silverwood Partnership and Enterprise Inns, for 100 new houses.

The change of use application for a new ground, on agricultural land off the Ross Road, was submitted by the Silverwood Partnership and Ledbury Cricket Club.

Town Cllr Rob Yeoman, chairman of Ledbury Cricket and a trustee for the ground lease with Enterprise Inns, left the meeting during the debate and vote, because he had declared an interest.

Opinion was strongly divided at last week's vote, with six councillors against the idea of the new pitch, five voting in support of the new ground, and two abstaining.

Ledbury's mayor, Cllr Bob Barnes, chairman of the Ledbury Sports Federation, advised that if the application for the new ground is approved, current protection for the existing cricket club site, earmarked as green space on the current Unitary Development Plan, the town's planning blueprint, would be effectively removed under planning regulations.

This could make the site even more of a tempting target for developers.

Herefordshire Councillor for Ledbury, Liz Harvey said the new, emerging planning blueprint for the county, the Core Strategy, made provision for new sports facilities to the north of the viaduct.

"We need to bear that in mind," she said.

Cllr Harvey said of the cricket ground application: "If we value open space, we have to think very carefully about the decision we make here and now."

Cllr Christine Stallard Daniels spoke strongly in favour of a new cricket ground off Ross Road.

She said: "It's ideal. It would be close to all our other sports facilities, and would be purpose-built."

And Cllr Tony Bradford said: "If we are going to have a new pitch, that is an ideal location."

But Cllr Martin Eager said the plan revealed "a lack of car parking and coach parking."

"I can't see any provision," he said. "I think we would end up with a lot of car parking on the main road."

Cllr Terry Widdows, Herefordshire councillor for Ledbury added: "There is a distinct lack of detail."

"We have a gut feeling it's wrong," said Cllr Clive Jupp.

The final decision on the application lies with Herefordshire Council.

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10:56am Mon 28 Jul 14

Rosemary Thyme says...

Well no surprise there - Ledbury Town Council will approve of nothing unless it falls into line with what the clique that is developing within the council wants

Absolutely no forward thinking whatsoever in Herefordshires answer to Eastbourne, Pensionville Ledbury is dieing on its feet or should I say in its bath chair

And when exactly was the last time a coach turned up at Ledbury Cricket Ground full of players and/or spectators - I hope the cricket club get their wish and I hope that the football club follow suit. What better idea than to have all the sports clubs situated in one area
Well no surprise there - Ledbury Town Council will approve of nothing unless it falls into line with what the clique that is developing within the council wants Absolutely no forward thinking whatsoever in Herefordshires answer to Eastbourne, Pensionville Ledbury is dieing on its feet or should I say in its bath chair And when exactly was the last time a coach turned up at Ledbury Cricket Ground full of players and/or spectators - I hope the cricket club get their wish and I hope that the football club follow suit. What better idea than to have all the sports clubs situated in one area Rosemary Thyme
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11:25am Wed 30 Jul 14

Rosemary Thyme says...

Interesting follow on though not directly linked when Channel4 aired its Despatches programme earlier this week about Supermarket price wars etc - seems that shop keepers are throwing their arms up in anger in many towns where councils have voted against further supermarket development stating that the drain of local people to towns and cities that do have such facilities are taking away the custom in the local high street and forcing even more closures and unemployment etc.

I wouldn't trust the words of Ledbury Town Councils ever increasing clique if my life depended on it - the gang of 3 and soon to be gang of 4 are interested in their own progression only
Interesting follow on though not directly linked when Channel4 aired its Despatches programme earlier this week about Supermarket price wars etc - seems that shop keepers are throwing their arms up in anger in many towns where councils have voted against further supermarket development stating that the drain of local people to towns and cities that do have such facilities are taking away the custom in the local high street and forcing even more closures and unemployment etc. I wouldn't trust the words of Ledbury Town Councils ever increasing clique if my life depended on it - the gang of 3 and soon to be gang of 4 are interested in their own progression only Rosemary Thyme
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