Council presses on with tennis court car park plans
PUBLISHED: 10:00 18 May 2012
NORTH Somerset Council is pressing on with plans to turn the Grove Park tennis courts into a car park.
Although the land is owned by the authority, its previous owner the Diocese of Bath and Wells has a veto over its use, and has not given its permission for the site to be developed.
But a report which will be handed to the council’s executive at its meeting on Wednesday will still recommend that work should continue to develop the site, initially on a two-year trial basis.
The report, compiled by the authority’s executive member for highways and strategic planning Elfan Ap Rees, says the work is needed ‘to meet anticipated future need for additional off-street parking and that the views of the local diocese continue to be taken into account.’
It continues: “The council will continue to work with the diocese to come to an agreement over the covenant on the land with requires permission in order to change its use.”
Councillor John Crockford-Hawley, who represents the area on the authority, said: “I believe there is still a need to keep a sporting element in the town centre, and I can’t see the need for a car park there given that the current Grove Park car park is only infrequently full.”
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