General News | 20th November 2006

Sporting quarter get behind Notts

The aim is to build a new stand to replace the West Wing and Parr Stands and increase capacity to 17,500, while also installing permanent floodlights and a replay screen and electronic scoreboard.

Subject to planning permission, the work would begin in August 2007, after the final home fixture of next season, and to have the new stand ready in time for international matches in 2008, with the objective of securing Trent Bridge’s status as a Test Match venue for the future.

Former Notts chief executive Mark Arthur, who now holds the same post with Nottingham Forest FC Mark Arthur said: “I totally support this development. Without it, Nottingham may have seen the last Ashes Test played in this city.

“There is a lot of co-operation between professional sports organisations in Nottingham. We come together to represent the people of this city in the best possible light.”

Geoff Davey, Chief Executive of Notts County FC said: “There cannot be another town or city in this country that has so much top quality sport packed into an area of one square mile and we must all support each other for the good of Nottingham.

“Our links with the Rugby Club are well known and we totally support the Cricket Club in their bid to upgrade facilities and ensure that the ‘Sporting Quarter’ remains a hugely important area for sport in this country.”

Ken Grundy, Chairman of Nottingham RFC said: “This proposal is a superb extension to a world renowned venue to consolidate Test Match cricket in the unique sporting quarter of Nottingham.”

Geoff Huckstep, Chief Executive of Nottingham Ice Centre & Nottingham Arena said: “I have no hesitation in supporting the plans to develop Trent Bridge to ensure the future of Test cricket in the city. The business and economic arguments are unquestionable, as is the fact that staging world-class events puts Nottingham on the world stage in terms of tourism, cultural activity, and prestige and profile.

“Another very important factor is the role that international sports stars play in encouraging young people to get involved in sport. Role models such as Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff playing at Trent Bridge bring enormous free publicity to cricket and with it the opportunity to promote the County Cricket Club’s excellent junior development programme.”

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Michael Williams, Corporate Director of Leisure & Community Services at Nottingham City Council said: “Nottingham City Council works in close partnership with Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, undertaking a huge amount of cricket development work together across the city particularly focusing on young people, junior club development and girls and women.

“The future of Trent Bridge as a Test Match ground is vital for cricket development - and for the people of Nottingham - and also for the positive profile this international venue brings for the city.”

Allen Graham, Chief Executive at Rushcliffe Borough Council said: “We recognise the importance of this nationally renowned sporting venue and acknowledge its significance within the community of Rushcliffe Borough Council.

“Any planning application received will be managed in accordance with the normal process.”

Sue Storey, Emergency Planning Manager at Nottinghamshire County Council and chair of the Safety Advisory Group for Trent Bridge, said: “Nottinghamshire County Council’s Safety Advisory Group is fully behind the proposed plans, which will include many features to enhance the safety of spectators. The Group has been involved in discussions throughout the initial planning and its advice on the latest safety developments has been incorporated into the stand designs.

“The inclusion of a new match control suite within the development will maintain the high profile of safety management on matchdays. It’s a very positive development that will improve the spectator viewing areas and which will in turn improve the overall safety features at the ground.”

Martin Gawith, Chief Executive of The Greater Nottingham Partnership said: “The Greater Nottingham Partnership recognises the status of Trent Bridge in the cricket world. As a world-class sporting venue, it is a major asset for Nottingham and the Greater Nottingham Partnership is committed to working with Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club to maintain Test Match status and ensure the long term future for international cricket locally.

“Trent Bridge is a major tourism destination and provides an iconic image for the City and County. It is essential that we work together to build on this success and continue to witness more England and Nottinghamshire spectaculars.”

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