Central Beds council have identified the football pitches at Barton as development land for 166 new houses, as part of their Local Plan, with no firm commitment to relocate us. This is a major threat to the existence of the club, and of course the loss of the facility for all of us. We need to object to this development urgently, as the deadline for objections is next Tuesday 20th February 2018
SAVE BARTON ROVERSSTOP OUR PITCHES FROM BEING DESTROYED
What Is Being Proposed?
Luton Road Sports Field is used by Barton Rovers and Barton Rovers Youth Football Clubs, it is 17 acres of green open space currently set out as 11 football pitches along with a changing pavilion.
These facilities were originally built using s106 money to compensate / enhance the village on the back of the Grange Road estate village extension development some years back.
The site has been further enhanced by grants from The Football Foundation and The Lottery Fund to build the pavilion and also install vital drainage.
Central Bedfordshire Council want to concrete over this green space with 166 new houses as part of their Local Plan
There are NO proposed relocation sites being put forward by Central Beds, they are relying on developers to provide an alternative site!
How Will It Affect Us?
Barton Rovers and Barton Rovers Youth currently run 22 teams that use the pitches at the Sports Field.
This affects over 300 registered players, ranging in age from 10 years old to adults.
If this development goes ahead, without a full and complete replacement of the facility, then 300 children will lose their football club, as well the loss of valuable accessible open space for the enjoyment of the community.
Other local organisations that use the facility include Ramsey Manor Football Club, who traditionally stage their annual football festival on the pitches.
The Chiltern Youth Football League use the facility for their end of season cup finals days, which attract dozens of teams of all ages from all over the area.
The Bedfordshire Youth Football League have also staged their cup finals at the facility.
This will not only affect the people of Barton, but will affect football teams from all over Bedfordshire, who will lose access to a fantastic set of football pitches.
How To Object
You can object to this development in the following ways:
- Complete the online objection form
- For people aged 18 and younger, there is also an online objection form -please encourage players from all clubs to fill this in!
- Download the forms from the links below, complete the form and return it to your team manager, Purrfect Pet Shop in Barton (next to Co-op) or you can scan it and email it to:firstname.lastname@example.org
- Vist Central Bedfordshire Council Local Plan website
Objection Form for Under 18s
ALL OBJECTIONS MUST BE IN BY
Thank you for your support, and please spread the word
Barton Rovers Youth Football Club