Soccer club's open day to allay worries

PUBLISHED: 17:00 01 September 2012




A FOOTBALL club which is looking to sell its ground to a supermarket will hold an open day to show how current facilities are 'hampering' its sporting development.

The move is an effort by Cheddar AFC to answer concerns raised by the public during a recent consultation over plans by Tesco to build on its current ground in Draycott Road.

The open day will show the club’s current facilities to the public as well as outline details of the new ground it will move to if the Tesco plan goes ahead.

A statement released by the club’s PR firm said: “While most of the respondents supported the club’s planned move, some were unsure of what this could mean to the future of the club and what the new facilities could offer the wider local community.”

It added that the 230 comments received during the public consultation had seen the majority of respondents ‘expressing a positive view’.

Others mentioned concerns over noise and floodlighting, it said.

The statement continued: “It was this feedback that has prompted a decision by the club to hold an open afternoon at their current ground to present the scheme and show how the public views have been considered and addressed.

“It will also be an opportunity to show first-hand how the current facilities are hampering the club’s potential and its ability to take on more players.

“It will also show how the planned new facilities will offer more local children and adults the opportunity to take part in sport and leisure activities without having to leave the village.”

Club chairman Steve Bayliss said: “We have taken our time to fully review and consider all of the comments we received, and were delighted with how many people expressed positive views on the proposed move.”

The club will submit a planning application for the new Labourham Drove facilities before the end of the summer and will hold the open day in September, with details yet to be confirmed.

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