Sport England green light for wasps training base at Higgs

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  1. covmark

    covmark Well-Known Member

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    It's far from good. Can you imagine Coventry City FC playing in a stadium called the Wasps Arena, owned by a London rugby club, and having yellow and black seats. WTF is going on?

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  2. Bruce the Boot

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    No your right , you dont give a shit , Your a horrible individual . ;)
     
  3. thekidfromstrettoncamp

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    Covmark if it was named the Wasps Arena it would be their rights as leaseholder as for changing the seats if our product was better you would not see the colour of them as there would be a bum on them
     
  4. chiefdave

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    What have SISU got to do with what Sport England have written? They were assessing against the E5 provision which is basically will what is planned provide a greater level of facilities for the public than what is current in place.

    Now its hard to check all the details as, despite Sport England stating the response provided to them should also be placed on the planning portal, it seems to have been missed. But what it does show is that the pitch usage analysis was not done by Sport England but by Wasps. At present there are 5 pitches at Higgs, when Wasps plans are implemented there will be, at most, 2 pitches available. But the promise is vague "pitches 3 and 4 will potentially be available for football use", it states these would be available for enough time to allow 8 matches to be played. That's a reduction of 12 matches per week. The pitch analysis supplied by Wasps also states that our academy has exclusive use of many of the facilities.

    The netball courts will also go, being turned into a car park. The justification for this is lack of use but its still a loss of facility so surely again counts against the E5 provision.

    Where they claim there will be an increase in provision is artificial pitches, which would be the kicking barn. However there's a huge catch here. They are stating that the current pitch that we use provides 2,354 hours of use for various sports they then state that there will be an increase of 2,088 hours when the kicking barn is built. How can that be correct? We only have our academy based there, they will have their entire training facility there, would that not require them to have use for more hours? If so many hours are available why have we only been offered a few hours after 3pm? Except Wasps have told Sport England we will have the same level of access we do now. Something doesn't add up there.

    And the catch is of course, as was approved by the council this week, the pitch we use will be removed to make way for a pool so those hours will be lost. That's despite the fact that Sport England state that council's playing pitch strategy shows a need for Wasps to build the 3G as there is a lack of 3G facilities in the city - why are they getting rid of one then?

    So who in the report has been cited as supporting the need for these facilities? The RFU. Would you expect anything else from them?

    Whatever way you look at it how do the plans meet the E5 provision? Less outdoor pitches, loss of netball courts, less indoor availably yet it has been approved on the basis of an increased community provision. It looks to me like the information supplied by Wasps has been taken at face value and absolutely nothing done to validate the integrity of their statements. And given how vague their promises are when it turns out that there is actually a much lower level of community provision they will be able to point to the fact that they didn't actually commit to providing anything.
     
  5. Terry Gibson's perm

    Terry Gibson's perm Well-Known Member

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    They can keep spending money on needless things and vanity things, so good as in waste not the final product
     
  6. Warwickhunt

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    If SISU should by per chance get the decision in the courts we would be the ones who get tucked over cos they would have to pay damages out of our council tax funds
     
  7. Brylowes

    Brylowes Well-Known Member

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    I'm pretty sure "the wasps arena" is an interim thing, they will surely be looking
    For a money spinning sponsor for the naming rights, it won't be " wasps arena".
    Seats will definitely change at some point though.
     
  8. thekidfromstrettoncamp

    thekidfromstrettoncamp Active Member

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    Warwickhunt don't worry it got about as much chance as a new stadium.
     
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    Brylowes Well-Known Member

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    If only we could find out in 3 weeks!!
     
  10. Johnnythespider

    Johnnythespider Well-Known Member

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    That's OK, they can just re-direct the 10.5 million they're wasting on a 50 meter pool in Allard way.

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  11. Nick

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    Because they aren't already playing about with Taxpayer money?
     
  12. Terry Gibson's perm

    Terry Gibson's perm Well-Known Member

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    Did somebody not say that it would come from Central Government if there was any fine
     
  13. chiefdave

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    More than likely. The council should also be insured against that type of payout.
     

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