Rise in appeals to tribunal over plans for Bath Recreation Ground Trust

The charity tribunal receives two further appeals against the Charity Commission's decision to approve a scheme to replace the trustees of the Bath Recreation Ground Trust

Bath Recreation Ground
Bath Recreation Ground

The charity tribunal has received two further appeals against the Charity Commission’s decision to approve a scheme to replace the trustees of the Bath Recreation Ground Trust.

The charity has been involved in a long-running dispute over land it owns near the city centre, part of which is home to Bath Rugby Club.

Nigel Websper and Rosemary Carne appealed to the tribunal on 23 July against a commission scheme to replace the trust’s former trustee, Bath & North East Somerset Council with an independent board.

Jack Sparrow, also a Bath resident, appealed to the tribunal on 21 July against the decision. Sparrow told Third Sector he had appealed to the tribunal because he thought the commission’s decision would allow the new trustees to continue to allow the grounds to be used for professional sport rather than for the enjoyment of the people of Bath.

A spokeswoman for the commission said it could not give details of the grounds of appeal in the cases of Websper and Carne. She said the commission had not received any requests for an internal review of its decision to replace the charity’s trustees.

Carne declined to comment while the appeal was pending. Websper was contacted via email but did not respond.

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