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Topic: Ampthill relocation
Posted By: hophog
Subject: Ampthill relocation
Date Posted: 02 May 2019 at 11:56
Ampthill members have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a proposed relocation, with the new site being about 1/2 a mile away from the current location of the club. I, like many Ampthill supporters, have very fond memories of Dillingham Park and will be very sad to say good bye, but for many reasons, I think this relocation is necessary.

Details of the relocation below:
https://www.ampthillrufc.com/egm-update-proposed-relocation/" rel="nofollow - https://www.ampthillrufc.com/egm-update-proposed-relocation/

The challenge next season will be enormous, but I'm hugely excited to be renewing acquaintances with a few old friends, and hopefully making lots of new ones along the way.

Cheers
Hophog





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Posted By: Moseley Mauler
Date Posted: 02 May 2019 at 12:43
What is the time scale for this? And how is it being funded?


Posted By: OldNick
Date Posted: 02 May 2019 at 12:49
Very impressive.
Why when the text says seven pitches do the plans only show five?
Are we in an S4C situation here where funding may take a decade to put together?


Posted By: stadium
Date Posted: 02 May 2019 at 12:53
Hope they do not have to Waite long for the Planners and Planning committee to give the go ahead to the project.Wish you good luck.


Posted By: Loo fighters
Date Posted: 02 May 2019 at 13:02
Originally posted by OldNick OldNick wrote:

Very impressive.
Why when the text says seven pitches do the plans only show five?
Are we in an S4C situation here where funding may take a decade to put together?


I count seven, two smaller ones...great for young'ns. Looks very impressive.

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Posted By: Cannon
Date Posted: 02 May 2019 at 13:27
Very impressive, but only parking for 300!! I cant see that alleviating traffic issues even at your current level? 

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Posted By: Camquin
Date Posted: 02 May 2019 at 13:34
Looks like it could be a great facility.

Though it does seem to be a waste of the hard work you put in on the new pitches up the hill.
But I suppose they have served their purpose in giving you enough space until you could afford the big move.



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Posted By: Baggins
Date Posted: 02 May 2019 at 22:26
Got to get used to coming here now.
And getting beaten every week in all probability.
Looking forward to the local derby with the Blues
Looking forward to getting our new ground built even if our existing one must be one of the the most beautiful in the national leagues and it will increase my walk to the ground by 15 minutes.
But looking forward to enjoying the the journey from player to supporter over 30 years at Ampthill RUFC most of all

Ampthill's coming up the hill boys!

Hello my new chums



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Posted By: Baggins
Date Posted: 02 May 2019 at 22:47
The new facilities would be fantastic, I hope we get planning seeing as we are not the Duke of Bedford which seemed to swing it for Centre Parcs

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Posted By: Bedfordian
Date Posted: 03 May 2019 at 06:44
Where are you going to play next season?

Apologies, answer on the other thread


Posted By: Fat Albert
Date Posted: 04 May 2019 at 15:46
Back from across the pond...

The ground move was not triggered by promotion, there has been an active project for a number of years evaluating various locations driven by the requirement of remaining within walking distance of the town.

The continued expansion of the club (now over 1100 members, 6 adult teams, colts, 2 ladies sides and a full set of mini & youth age groups, many with multiple sides was the driver.

Promotion and the associated raised profile has helped with sponsorship & momentum but it's still going to take time and many hurdles remain before the first game at Fordfield Road.

In the mean time our home games will be played where they've been played since the new pitches at Olney Field were constructed, a short walk through the SSSI woods from the clubhouse at Dillingham Park, certainly for 2019/20 and probably through 2020/21 as well.


It's dream realised for all those connected to the club even if an impending nightmare for visitors used to sophistication (or even a roof). Whatever, you'll all be made welcome, even those who feel entitled...



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Posted By: The Blues
Date Posted: 04 May 2019 at 15:51
When Blues turn up it could be your record crowd?  


Posted By: OldNick
Date Posted: 04 May 2019 at 16:09
Is anything being done with the current pitches to resolve the issues of medical access, disabled access to pitches, sanitation, seating parking, bar capacity, disabled access to bar, safe return from pitches at/after dusk?

What we s the current local authority licensed maximum crowd capacity?

In what timescale is it envisaged that this excellent and required development will be delivered?


Posted By: JonDee
Date Posted: 04 May 2019 at 16:14
Sure it will all be sorted over the coming months with the local SAG although in the film shown,  the guys had to climb over a stile so obviously there must be another access for wheelchairs etc


Posted By: JonDee
Date Posted: 04 May 2019 at 16:18
Good luck dealing with Natural England and the National Trust on access through the SSSI they can be very stubborn


Posted By: Moseley Mauler
Date Posted: 04 May 2019 at 17:03
Nobody has answered my question as to how this massive project will be funded...


Posted By: Moseley Mauler
Date Posted: 04 May 2019 at 17:04
Originally posted by OldNick OldNick wrote:

Is anything being done with the current pitches to resolve the issues of medical access, disabled access to pitches, sanitation, seating parking, bar capacity, disabled access to bar, safe return from pitches at/after dusk?

What we s the current local authority licensed maximum crowd capacity?

In what timescale is it envisaged that this excellent and required development will be delivered?


Exactly!


Posted By: Fat Albert
Date Posted: 04 May 2019 at 17:05
There is vehicle access to Olney Field, used every home game to provide disabled access for both home & visiting supporters. 

On the thankfully few incidents requiring paramedic vehicle/ambulance access to Olney field pitches there was one occasion only when a specific ambulance driver refused to follow the advice given by club officials. On the other occasions emergency vehicle access to the pitches was uncomplicated and direct.

I don't know how many times it has to be repeated but again, there is no relevant public safety legislation. Ground safety certificates, or more accurately, grandstand safety certificates are required by law for stands which hold 500 or more members of the public. Since there are no stands of any description at Ampthill no regulations apply. The 1stXV pitch has earth banks on the north side and the south end which provide excellent visibility for standing supporters. The largest crowd recorded was a little over 2,000 for the National 2 playoff game against Bishops Stortford, plenty of standing on the banks remained available. 

If Tigers had been relegated there really might have been an issue, however, given Falcons the Bedford Blues game probably offers the potential for the biggest crowd, our Boxing day fixture against them this Christmas past saw a gate of some 4,500. Any more might require serious thought.
Quote When Blues turn up it could be your record crowd?  
 


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Posted By: Fat Albert
Date Posted: 04 May 2019 at 17:10
Originally posted by OldNick OldNick wrote:

In what timescale is it envisaged that this excellent and required development will be delivered?
I refer the honourable gentleman to the answer I gave some posts ago

The current planning permission for Olney field precludes any permanent structures, that is one of the motivations behind the move. So no seating or any other kind of 'facility' can be constructed, whether 18 inches apart of not Wink 


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Posted By: Fat Albert
Date Posted: 04 May 2019 at 17:19
Originally posted by Moseley Mauler Moseley Mauler wrote:

Nobody has answered my question as to how this massive project will be funded...
More information will be released in the public domain once contracts have been signed

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Posted By: Moseley Mauler
Date Posted: 04 May 2019 at 17:26
Originally posted by Fat Albert Fat Albert wrote:

Originally posted by Moseley Mauler Moseley Mauler wrote:

Nobody has answered my question as to how this massive project will be funded...
More information will be released in the public domain once contracts have been signed


Thank you



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