Post by swissgas on Nov 12, 2020 22:51:43 GMT
In what sense are you using the term ‘unplanned’ Swiss? We know that costings had been obtained previously (Hani balked at them) and that more competitive tenders were received this time. Or do you mean that this seems to have been out of the blue, rather than part of an existing plan?
There is the possibility that increased public usage (rather like the Fleetwood model), could generate an income stream to ameliorate the costs of running the training ground. However that will take more investment and a new planning permission.
In 2018, when Evans Jones Surveyors were commissioned to produce a plan for the training ground I thought it was an excellent sign. A job worth doing is worth doing well and by looking at what other clubs had done and using professionals to come up with a plan to meet our requirements and make maximum use of the site I thought we were going about things the right way. Such a scheme would have been carried out in close co-operation with South Gloucestershire Council and therefore we would have been sure of gaining permission for the maximum amount of revenue generating activities as they felt were justifiable.
But nothing more was ever heard of Evans Jones and by early 2020 the lease at Cribbs had been allowed to run down without an alternative being secured. Then Wael came into some money and without thinking things through properly decided to resurrect twenty year old plans which the rugby club had drawn up. By going ahead with this, "out of the blue" as you say, I am doubtful whether there has been much co-operation with the planners and the best we are going to end up with will be two or three pitches, a 4000 sq ft club house and a remotely situated gymnasium. There is no possibility of generating any income from this in the short term and by rushing into an ad hoc development rather than waiting and planning it out carefully the cost of turning it into something more commercial in the future will be extremely high even if permission is granted and we have the money.
Being a bit of a thinker I've pondered over this and genuinely feel it is a wasted opportunity. If we had held the majority of the cash in reserve and instead invested a small amount in a longer term development plan for the site, which would involve commercial partnerships, then things could look far rosier now. The club would be in a much stronger financial position to weather this crisis, our players would now be training at a better interim facility, Gasheads would be looking at artists impressions of our future "AXA? sponsored training ground and sports centre", we would be the blue eyed boys as far as South Gloucestershire were concerned and potential new investors would be impressed by our business acumen.
Maybe I'm dreaming