Campaigning residents win assurance over Bournemouth’s threatened historic cricket ground

Bournemouth Echo: Dean Park, taken with thanks to Bournemouth Helicopters Dean Park, taken with thanks to Bournemouth Helicopters

CAMPAIGNING residents who fought to protect Bournemouth’s historic cricket ground have won an assurance that they will be listened to.

The trustees of the Cooper Dean Foundation have decided not to appeal against a decision to list the ground as an asset of community value and instead have said they will work with local residents.

The first meeting with Dean Park residents is due to take place today.

The Grade II-listed pavilion and grounds were put up for sale by the Cooper Dean estate in the summer.

Bournemouth University has leased the 6,000 capacity ground from the Cooper Dean Estate since 1995 but this arrangement will end next November.

Mike McKenna, of Cavendish Road, who is in the process of setting up the Friends of Dean Park, said: “We’re very hopeful that we can work with the Cooper Dean Foundation and we can find a satisfactory solution for the future of Dean Park cricket ground.”

Alastair Cowen, one of the trustees, said: “The charity decided not to object to the process which has been started with regard to the Localism Act.

“They’ve confirmed that to the council.

Central ward councillor Dave Smith said: “I’m absolutely delighted that the Cooper Dean Foundation wants to talk and work with residents. It can only be to everyone’s advantage.

“The residents will be delighted if the ground stays as an open sports area.”

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2:03pm Tue 17 Dec 13

UrbanCrab says...

Localism in action, great. Pity the council refused to list the bcca in boscombe, despite being used by the community for 132 years and having been given to the people for the purposes of education they chose to ignore the request for a localism listing. the £3.5 million bonus from central gov't for affordable homes quota was obviously the incentive for Cllr Beesley to go against the community in such an obvious and underhand manner. A heritage asset lost to the beleagured Boscombe community.
Localism in action, great. Pity the council refused to list the bcca in boscombe, despite being used by the community for 132 years and having been given to the people for the purposes of education they chose to ignore the request for a localism listing. the £3.5 million bonus from central gov't for affordable homes quota was obviously the incentive for Cllr Beesley to go against the community in such an obvious and underhand manner. A heritage asset lost to the beleagured Boscombe community. UrbanCrab

5:27pm Tue 17 Dec 13

holdinkæft says...

Had many a good afternoon there, watching B Richards, G Greenidge and Andy Roberts playing for Hampshire.
If the place was manage properly, there is money to be made.Not sure what the locals would think thou.
Had many a good afternoon there, watching B Richards, G Greenidge and Andy Roberts playing for Hampshire. If the place was manage properly, there is money to be made.Not sure what the locals would think thou. holdinkæft

3:39am Tue 24 Dec 13

Thistlegorm says...

The council has a contingency fund of £15 million which they have now redefined as unallocated capital resources. They are going to use it to start up a council bank lending to people who cannot get bank loans. Instead of acquiring an asset for the community the money will be drained away in bad loans and bureaucracy. One of their loans has been for a 'laughter workshop'.
Of course the money could be given back to the people it belongs to, the taxpayers, or used to reduce business rates in an effort to stop high streets dying. But no...laughing all the way from the bank.
The council has a contingency fund of £15 million which they have now redefined as unallocated capital resources. They are going to use it to start up a council bank lending to people who cannot get bank loans. Instead of acquiring an asset for the community the money will be drained away in bad loans and bureaucracy. One of their loans has been for a 'laughter workshop'. Of course the money could be given back to the people it belongs to, the taxpayers, or used to reduce business rates in an effort to stop high streets dying. But no...laughing all the way from the bank. Thistlegorm

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