Community sports site plans set to go on show

Published on: 01 Oct 2014

PLANS for the proposed multi-million pound rugby and community sports centre at Shaftesbury Park, Frenchay Park Road, will be on show at Frenchay Village Hall on Saturday October 4.

During the event - between 10am and 6pm – members of the Lockleaze Recreation Ground Board and their project design team will be on hand to answer questions.

Ray Bowden, president of Lockleaze Recreation Ground, said: “This is an important part of the planning process as it gives the community the opportunity to discuss the proposals with us and our professional design team.

“So far we have had over twenty meetings with a wide range of parties including the immediate neighbours, Frenchay Residents Association and other local organisations, and statutory consultees.  

“We are now encapsulating the feedback into a table to demonstrate how we have taken onboard comments received to get to this latest design. We will be highlighting this at the display so that people can understand the issues and process.

“The plans are still evolving and we urge everybody to make the most of this opportunity to discuss the plans with us.

”The proposals were first announced by Lockleaze Recreation Ground, a registered charity, in the early summer. 

The site is on the former market garden site opposite the old Frenchay Hospital site and will be home to the charity’s sole tenants, Dings Crusaders Rugby Club.  The facilities will also be available for use by other community groups and sports organisations in the area.

The charity, which owns the rugby club’s site in Landseer Avenue, Lockleaze, has signed an option to relocate subject to planning permission. It is proposed to build a new clubhouse with indoor sports hall, car parking, three senior, one of which will be all-weather, and three junior rugby pitches. 

Detailed plans of the proposed scheme will be on show at the consultation event and comments received will help shape the proposals which will be submitted for planning permission later this year.

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