Cricket legends Ian Botham and Alec Stewart boost campaign to protect historic cricket ground at Dean Park

PETITION: Dean Park cricket ground

PETITION: Dean Park cricket ground

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AN online petition seeking to protect Bournemouth’s historic cricket ground has been signed by more than 1,600 people in just a couple of days.

Hundreds of people are calling for Dean Park to be protected from unsuitable development and the campaign has been publicised on Twitter by cricket legends Ian Botham and Alec Stewart and comedian Rory Bremner.

The cricket ground was put up for sale last year but that process stalled when residents got it listed as an asset of community value, which effectively prevented the ground from being sold for six months.

This moratorium will be lifted in mid-June and Alistair Cowen, a trustee of the Cooper Dean estates, confirmed the ground would then go back on the market. But he said residents’ fears it could ever be sold off for housing were unfounded. “The interest we’ve got, which is quite considerable, all of it without exception includes keeping the cricket ground,” he said.

“The chances of it being developed in anyway outside a sports field or a cricket ground are very, very few and far between.

“We will be re-advertising it and we will see what happens after that.”

Chris Kelly, a Dean Park resident who helped set up the online petition at 38degrees .org.uk, said: “The response to the petition has been phenomenal, it’s been amazing to see the number of supporters grow and grow.

“Dean Park is such a wonderful little oasis in the middle of Bournemouth. Bournemouth has not been very good at looking after its assets in the past and this is one of the town’s jewels and we think it’s worth fighting for.

“We would love it if it could stay as a sports ground.”

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7:35am Wed 7 May 14

billy bumble says...

PLEASE everyone sign the petition

https://you.38degree
s.org.uk/petitions/s
ave-dean-park-cricke
t-ground

or another piece of our heritage and beauty might be lost forever

For those of you who know nothing about cricket ( and even if you care even less ) - this is a very special and beautiful ground
PLEASE everyone sign the petition https://you.38degree s.org.uk/petitions/s ave-dean-park-cricke t-ground or another piece of our heritage and beauty might be lost forever For those of you who know nothing about cricket ( and even if you care even less ) - this is a very special and beautiful ground billy bumble
  • Score: 7

9:46am Wed 7 May 14

jayeff says...

I am quite sure the ground will remain

lets hope the locals come out of their houses and actually support the wonderful game.
I am quite sure the ground will remain lets hope the locals come out of their houses and actually support the wonderful game. jayeff
  • Score: 6

3:39pm Wed 7 May 14

breamoreboy says...

billy bumble wrote:
PLEASE everyone sign the petition

https://you.38degree

s.org.uk/petitions/s

ave-dean-park-cricke

t-ground

or another piece of our heritage and beauty might be lost forever

For those of you who know nothing about cricket ( and even if you care even less ) - this is a very special and beautiful ground
Thanks for the link :-) Petition signed and shared on facebook and twitter!!!
[quote][p][bold]billy bumble[/bold] wrote: PLEASE everyone sign the petition https://you.38degree s.org.uk/petitions/s ave-dean-park-cricke t-ground or another piece of our heritage and beauty might be lost forever For those of you who know nothing about cricket ( and even if you care even less ) - this is a very special and beautiful ground[/p][/quote]Thanks for the link :-) Petition signed and shared on facebook and twitter!!! breamoreboy
  • Score: 5

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