Bath City FC has urged residents to support the much-needed refurbishment of its beloved grounds and to revitalise the High Street area
As the date to decide whether Twerton Park Redevelopment will go ahead draws ever closer, Bath City FC are hoping local residents will support their bid to revitalise their football grounds by signing a petition to keep the club in Twerton.
The planning committee meeting is due to take place on Wednesday 11 March 2020 and the club are eager for the local community to begin reaping the rewards of the scheme. The redevelopment promises to provide an array of benefits for both the football club – which remains an important part of the community and has been using its grounds in Twerton Park since 1932 – and Twerton High Street, which will be recreated, attracting brand new shops, pubs and cafés and improved public spaces.
The planning application also focuses on providing 12 affordable housing units and 33 co-living apartments for the local residents, alongside purpose-built student accommodation.
The scheme’s investors, Greenacre Capital – who joined Bath City’s redevelopment plan in 2017 – are also keen for the local schools, charities and sports teams to profit from the refurbishment, with the installation of 3G pitches, a purpose-built gym and a community hub providing the young residents with more opportunities to get involved in sport.
The new grounds will also create a permanent home for the Bath City FC Foundation, which works tirelessly to improve the lives of disadvantaged young people and provide equal opportunities for those from deprived areas.
According to the chair of Bath City FC, Nick Blofield, the West of England Combined Authority has already offered another £650,000 for improvements if the development goes ahead.
The redevelopments are critical in securing the future of Bath City FC as it will clear its £1m debt – which is due for repayment in 2022 and is currently running at a loss – and provide its fans with exceptional facilities to enjoy throughout the year. The club believes the scheme is a responsible step to take to ensure not only its own sustainable future but a bright future for the community of Twerton.