Bridgnorth Town Council has been approached by the Town’s Rugby Club to see if it would sell land that the Town Council owns that is adjacent to the Rugby Club.
Bridgnorth Town Council plans to consider the matter at its next meeting on Tuesday 18th September. The land of interest is to the south of Bandon Lane and across that lane from the Rugby Club main and in the vicinity of the Severn Trent pumping station. The request arises out of the Rugby Club’s aspirations to build a new clubhouse and create parking for training and match days.
Town Clerk Lee Jakeman says:
I can confirm that we have been approached by the [Bridgnorth] Rugby Club who wish to purchase a piece of land that the Council owns off Bandon Lane. The Council will meet soon discuss the proposal. However, Town councillors are aware of their responsibility to obtain best value for the tax payer, the need to measure any community benefit that might arise from such a transaction. The land does have some restrictive covenants on it that limit its future development. We understand the intention is to build some form of clubhouse facility and provide additional parking. Councillors are mindful that part of the area concerned is home to the Trevithick memorial and that piece of land would probably need to be retained by the Council to ensure its future maintenance.
Before making any decision on the merits of proceeding councillors have asked that the public have an opportunity to comment on whether the idea of considering selling the land to the Rugby Club has some merit, whether the piece of land is fine as it is or indeed, whether there is a better as yet ‘un-thought’ of use for it. Should local residents have a view on the matter please feel free to contact one of your local councillors with your views so that they in turn can contribute informed opinion to the decision making process.
Bridgnorth Rugby Club Chairman says:
“although we are so very proud of our Club holding the coveted position of being the largest (in terms of playing numbers) community based sports club in Shropshire, this does bring along its own challenges, not least the fact that we have outgrown our existing facilities, which do not comply with RFU recommendations (in terms of volume of showers etc). We are only eligible to apply for grant funding from the Lottery and the RFU to build a new club house, if the Club owns the land where the proposed new club house is to be erected. Hence, our approach to the Town Council. ”