Application to English Heritage causes further delay
From the Chairman:
I would like to be in a position to give you some positive news after the trauma we have suffered over the past couple of weeks, but alas that is not the case.
Some of you are aware that several weeks ago, a person or persons who do not wish to reveal their identity, applied to English Heritage to have the whole of the Memorial Stadium site listed as a War Memorial.
As a result of this application we have had to employ a Heritage Consultant to produce a detailed report in response to this application.
We have been advised, that whilst there is little chance of this application ultimately being successful, we still have to go through the process and submit a robust response to the application to English Heritage.
The unfortunate result of these actions is another delay, which is very frustrating to all of us.
Until now we have not raised this matter in the public domain, as we did not want to give the applicant a public platform to raise the profile of their actions.
However, now that the application has been responded to and our Heritage Consultant’s response and reports are lodged with English Heritage, we wanted to explain the current situation.
We now have to wait for English Heritage to issue their decision.
I will keep you updated as soon as we hear anything further, but we still hope to be able to start the development of the UWE Stadium in the summer.