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Tredworth riding arena granted permission by councillors

By citizenmike  |  Posted: March 05, 2014

Vision for the riding arena

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CHILDREN from all across Gloucester will be able to enjoy a new riding arena in Tredworth after it was approved by councillors.

The arena will be built on a paddock at St James’ City Farm and part of the adjacent park.

City councillor Mary Smith (L, Robinswood) said: “I used to go through this area as a girl as I went to St James’ School and it has always been an area where children have been able to play.

“The city farm is absolutely wonderful. My grandchildren have been there and they love it. I never had that opportunity as a child.

“These plans will give children another activity to take part in and there will still be plenty of open space for people to enjoy.”

Councillor Andy Lewis (C, Quedgeley Fieldcourt) said: “We all know the benefits that children get from being around animals. Children from all over the city will be able to come here and take part or simply watch the horses.”

Despite his allergy to horses, fellow councillor Phil McLellan (LD, Barnwood) also backed the plans when they went before the city council’s planning committee on Tuesday night.

The new arena, which will not be floodlit as had previously been planned, would be surrounded by a 2.5metre sports pitch-style mesh fence and will be situated to the east of the farm and to the west of St James Church.

Imran Atcha, from GymNation, the social enterprise behind the scheme, said it would be a facility for all of the community – and not just Muslims. He added: “This will be Gloucester’s Olympic legacy.”

The organisation has consulted experts from Cheltenham Racecourse and the British Horse Society to help draw up the plans.

He also refuted claims by Tredworth resident Kay Powell that the group was taking over the park.

She had voiced her concerns to councillors, adding: “Tredworth already has a deficit of public open space so making the park smaller is a total disgrace.”

She said that the riding arena would not be truly open to the public as people who use the facility will have to pay and it will only operate in the daytime – unlike the park which is open day and night.

Tony Ward, vice chairman of the Tredworth Estate Tenants and Residents Association, said: “I’ve heard nothing but positive feedback from residents. This arena is something that is badly needed in Tredworth.”

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  • Kay_Powell  |  March 08 2014, 3:48PM

    The White City allotments already get all of the manure from the city farm, even though Derek Wakefield-Brown promised me back in May 2012 (before I knew of this plan) that he would regularly deliver manure to the Tredworth allotments as well. I gave him a spare key to the gate, but no manure has been forthcoming (at least, not literal manure).

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  • Snappy_Happer  |  March 08 2014, 10:01AM

    And allotments (until the council manage to sell them for housing, at least) that could benefit from the manure.

  • Kay_Powell  |  March 07 2014, 4:16PM

    I've just walked my dog in the White City, and I can see that the area of open space behind the White City Adventure Playground is at least as large as the riding arena, and it isn't being used for anything else. It could probably been taken over by Gymnasian and the riding arena and stables could have been built there instead. That area has far more open space than Barton & Tredworth.

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  • Kay_Powell  |  March 06 2014, 6:18PM

    Snappy Happer, I've not seen a TETRA newsletter since 2009 because I fell out with the chairman.

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  • Snappy_Happer  |  March 06 2014, 9:09AM

    He also refuted claims by Tredworth resident Kay Powell that the group was taking over the park.' He rejected the claims, rather. If he had been able to 'refute' them, I'm sure he would like to have done, just like he would have liked to have 'refuted' the need for Gloucester Pride, when he railed against homosexuality in the Citizen several years ago. No, this won't be for ALL the children of Gloucester. Hundreds of thousands of pounds will have been spent, and public land snatched up, for a niche interest by a group that favours horse-riding as a sport. At least half a dozen have objected, and more would have if they knew the physical extent of the plan, or of it at *all*, but then it will be too late. And so what? If the community won't take an interest in what's happening in their area, why should anyone else bust a hump to tell them? No-one has a clue when TETRA meets now (no sign of the promised January newsletter yet), so Tony Ward is unlikely to hear anyone who disagrees with him about anything. Councillors won't hold surgeries, we just have to take their word about what they're hearing 'on the street'. The democratic deficit rides high in Barton & Tredworth, and only slightly less so in Gloucester, with a historic reputation as a corrupt constituency. But have it your way (as the Citizen will have it their way, these four paras in one lump).

  • Richardburton  |  March 05 2014, 5:17PM

    As it's for ALL the children of Gloucester can the citizen let the readers know when the rota has been drawn up so All of our children will be able to get a go, (when the area has been started and completed of course)!

  • Kay_Powell  |  March 05 2014, 3:09PM

    See no evil, hear no evil... Just remember, the devil's in the detail. Not that the councillors seemed to have any knowledge of the detail of this application.

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