Temporary changing rooms set for Jenner Park
10:02am Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
THE VALE Council cabinet has called for the ‘urgent’ installation of temporary changing facilities at Jenner Park following a row with the leaseholder of the stadium.
The council’s cabinet took the decision on Monday, September 23, following a problem involving the current leaseholder for the Jenner Park bar and function room, Stuart Lovering, and his responsibilities to the council under the terms of his lease for the building.
The current changing facilities are part of the bar and function room building and council officers have recently become aware of an imminent threat to the provision of utility supplies serving the entire building.
The council is permitted access to the current changing rooms which should be appropriately serviced by all the relevant utilities. The council will therefore be pursuing this matter and a range of other concerns with the current leaseholder. As this is likely to take some time, cabinet were asked to agree to the installation of temporary changing facilities to ensure that Jenner Park remained operational as a sports stadium in the short term.
Councillor Neil Moore, leader of the Vale Council, said: “It is disappointing that we have had to take this decision but I will not stand back and allow any person or body to detrimentally affect the council’s interests in this way. Our officers are now pursuing all the council’s interests in respect to the current lease arrangements with vigour, for which they have the cabinet’s full support."
Councillor Gwyn John, Cabinet Member for leisure, parks, culture and sport development, said: “Jenner Park is one of the council’s most important sporting assets and as a council we have been forced to take action to secure the continuation of higher league football matches within the Vale of Glamorgan, which could be at serious detriment should there be any break in the provision of suitable changing facilities within the stadium."
The alternative changing facilities are due to be installed within the next 14 days and they will remain at the stadium until such time as the lease issues are resolved and the fixed changing provision can be put back into productive use.
David Cole, Secretary of Barry Town United, said: “This is a problem that the Vale Council are having with the leaseholder and has nothing to do with Barry Town United or Rhoose FC, who are licensed to play at the ground.”