The Trustees of the Bath Recreation Ground Trust are pleased to confirm that the Scheme which will govern the Trust has now been published by the First-Tier Tribunal (General Regulatory Chamber – Charity). This follows the decision of the Upper Tier Tribunal announced in July 2015 which clarified that the Rec is to be used as a recreation ground for the public at large and can be managed by the Trustees in a manner that will further this charitable objective. The confirmed Scheme was proposed by the Trustees following extensive consultation with local residents and the Charity Commission.
The Trustees would like to thank the panel, led by Judge McMahon, for their considered approach to this complex issue and for the opportunity to work with all parties to reach this outcome.
The Trust continues to build on the independent foundations set up in 2013 and to focus on the delivery of its charitable objectives of providing recreation facilities and opportunities in or near Bath. The Recreation Ground is a key asset of the Trust where all activity has been focussed to date, the revised Scheme now allows the Trust to extend its provision of recreation opportunities to other locations in Bath. It also allows the Trust to conduct discussions with Bath Rugby about their future occupation of the Rec to establish its compatibility with furthering the Trust’s objects.
Significant work has taken place this year on improving the facilities at the Rec including the refurbishment of the Grade 2 listed pavilion. The Trust has also taken the lead in facilitating a coaching hub for Primary School children in Bath which has seen over 900 children enjoy activities at the Rec. Future projects planned will further extend opportunities for all sections of the community to enjoy the recreational facilities the Trust can provide. The full decision of the Tribunal is attached here and will be published in due course on their website at http://charity.decisions.tribunals.gov.uk/