18 April 2014, 9:12am
Bath Rugby welcomes the decision made by the Bath Recreation Ground Trust (RGT) to apply for leave to appeal last month's Charity Commission Tribunal decision.
Liz Bloor, the new chair of the RGT, said: "After thorough discussion by the trustees, it is really clear that we are all disappointed with this decision by the Tribunal. It is financially unhelpful to the Trust and we believe there are some errors in the law which the Tribunal have applied.
"We wish to have sufficient flexibility to effectively take forward the management of the Recreation Ground. The new boundary put forward by the Tribunal artificially restricting the scope of any future arrangements with Bath Rugby simply prevents us from having this flexibility and, in turn, limiting the Trust's access to resources to invest in recreation for the whole community. In light of this we will be applying for leave to appeal the decision."
Nick Blofeld, Bath Rugby Chief Executive, said: "We remain focused on our proposals to provide a world-class sporting, community and cultural venue at the Rec. Our ambition is very much in line with that of the wider business community in Bath and has been overwhelmingly supported by people in and around Bath. While the recent Charity Tribunal decision clearly has the potential to impact on those plans, we remain committed to securing a long-term future for Bath Rugby at the Rec. With this in mind, we wholeheartedly support the RGT's decision to appeal and hope that it results in a solution which allows Bath Rugby to stay at the Rec."