Test match threat to Rose Bowl

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Question marks are still hanging over the future of a £32 million hotel to be developed by Eastleigh Council at the Rose Bowl cricket ground while the English Cricket Board has also warned that failure to improve facilities could lead to Test matches going elsewhere.

Last year the council fought off a legal challenge from Meridian leisure, who own the nearby Holiday inn as they tried to block the construction of a 175 bed hotel on behalf of the rival Hilton brand.

At the time Meridian claimed the planning decision had been rushed and the hotel would cause:

“Unfair competition at the expense of the tax payer’

A representative for Meridian was a meeting of Hedge End, West End and Botley area committee last week to strongly object to alterations to the Hotel plans which would see an increase in floor space and the addition of a spa, arguing that the original planning permission was outdated and a review needed to be undertaken

During the course of the discussion the committee were warned by Glen Delve – the Rose Bowl MD -that the ECB had advised the current media facilities at the Stadium were not up to scratch and the venue would receive no further Test matches unless media and hospitality facilities were improved.

Councillors Tennent, Noyce, Mrs Welsh, House and Kyrle had all declared a personal interest in the matter having previously received complimentary tickets to the Rose Bowl, but all voted in favour to permit the planning application subject to conditions.

Anyone know if the funding has been secured yet?

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