Lest we forget … Here’s Labour leader Helen Holland’s “explicit endorsement in the media” for Gloucestershire County Cricket Club’s car parking arrangements over the education of the city’s children.
Bristol Evening Post: We’re bowled over by world class ambition
Bristol Evening Post (England) – Monday, March 31, 2008
The leader of Bristol City Council has given her support to Gloucestershire County Cricket Club’s “World Class West” campaign which is aimed at bringing more international and first class cricket to the region.
Helen Holland met with GCCC team captain Jon Lewis, chief executive Tom Richardson and other team and Academy players outside the Council House on College Green to mark the occasion.
The club launched World Class West last month at the House of Commons. During the next few weeks a series of local events will be taking place to gather support for the campaign.
Ms Holland said: “Our city’s aspiration to win a rightful place among the UK’s leading cities is reflected not just in the developments we see at Harbourside and Cabot Circus but also in the ambition of all of our amateur and professional sports’ clubs.
“I welcome GCCC’s World Class West campaign, giving cricket fans the opportunity to watch more world class games while also helping to raise Bristol’s profile.”
The GCCC ground at Nevil Road, Bishopston, has around 3,600 permanent seats, with the capacity to increase that to 15,000 with temporary seating for larger matches.
World Class West would like to see this increased to 10,000 permanent seats. And it also wants the ability to bring in another 10,000 temporary seats – giving a full capacity of 20,000.
This would allow Nevil Road to compete for matches alongside grounds such as Trent Bridge in Nottingham, the Rose Bowl in Hampshire and Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.
The club has been at Nevil Road for more than 100 years. It was established in 1871 and counts cricket legend WG Grace among its founding fathers.