Sunday, 22 April 2012

Ransomes - Must remain as a sports club

It’s been great getting out and speaking to people in Rushmere Ward, Ipswich over the last few weeks. One subject that has been raised by a number of people on the doorstep is: what is the council planning to do with Ransomes Sports Club? There have been a number of incorrect rumours circulating and I can understand why people may be concerned.

Some people seem more interested in making Ransomes part of a political football game than working with the club and the council to keep Ransomes as one of the premier sports clubs in the county.

I can state categorically that we want to see the Sports Club stay on the site; to flourish, with more members, a variety of sports played and to become a hub of local community involvement.

I have watched a number of sports at Ransomes, from seeing a young Liam Trotter play for Ransomes Youth FC before going onto play for Ipswich Town, to being present at the club the last time Suffolk won the County Cricket Minor Championships.

I remember as many of you will that it was a Labour-run council that saved the club when Ransomes sold the land. We still want to see Ransomes exist as a sports club.
We have no intention of closing the club and turning it into a housing estate.

I am committed to working with the council and the Sports Club to make sure Ransomes remains the premier sports club in Ipswich. I would like to see both bowls and Suffolk Minor County Cricket return to Sidegate Avenue. The football club is flourishing but I want to see all sports to be continued to be played at Ransomes and not just football.

As your local councillor, a local resident and a sports fan, I will do all I can to help the club grow and be a home for the whole community.

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1 comment:

Sally Wainman said...

Ipswich Borough Council voted secretly on February 21st 2012 to evict Ransomes without giving them a chance to respond or even telling them that an eviction notice was in the offing.

The Council's statements about the Club just don't add up: why take on an extra commitment like this unless there is some kind of major profit? Why does a dispute with one of the users necessitate discussion on the Closed part of the Executive agenda?