The Yorkshire County Cricket Club is encouraging its Members and supporters to get behind the plans for the redevelopment of the Main Stand at Headingley, together with the plans for the development of two plots of land in Tingley and Weetwood. The Club issued plans for the redevelopment of the stand with Leeds Rhinos back in February of this year. The plans can only be delivered through the sale of two plots of land in Tingley and Weetwood, which will create over 200 new homes in the city with 100% of the net receipts from the sale of the site being invested in the improvements at Headingley.
Mark Arthur, Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s Chief Executive Officer, said:
The schedule for international cricket has been confirmed until the end of 2019. However, with other Major Match Venues investing huge amounts in recent years, it is imperative that the redevelopment of Headingley goes ahead.
Headingley has an enviable history of staging great international matches and producing great international players. Its progression must match that of Yorkshire County Cricket Club on and off the field to ensure that the historic venue creates more memorable moments.
If the ground is unable to evolve, this would inevitably reduce the number of days of international cricket being played at the ground and see Headingley potentially stripped of its Test Match status.
Yorkshire have more cricket clubs and players than any other county and it is our ambition to continue to grow the game in the years to come through our various community projects. The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation are leading projects such as the development of Bradford Park Avenue, the South Asian Communities projects, and the Drax Cup, a competition that sees more than 20,000 boys and girls participating in cricket in the Yorkshire and Teeside region.
Traffic improvements for Odyssey, Belfast
The Odyssey Trust has submitted plans to bring= forward roadworks to improve access and convenience for patrons going to events at the SSE Arena and to the wider Odyssey complex. Traffic snarl ups are particularly bad before and after music concerts at the SSE Arena.
With 1,500 spaces available in the Odyssey car park, motorists and passengers can wait up to an hour to get on to surrounding roads after shows.
Brian Hughes, operations director of the Odyssey Trust, said:
These infrastructure works will provide enhanced access and convenience for patrons attending shows at the SSE Arena or visiting other parts of the complex, such as W5.
We know roads can get incredibly busy when we have a big show at the arena.
By making this investment, the trust has taken responsibility for making patrons’ experience of the venue even better. In addition to making our own improvements, it was important to the trust that we integrate our plans with Belfast City Council’s (BCC) proposals for a bus rapid transit system that connects the site to the city centre.
We held pre-application discussions with the council to ensure there was consistency with BCC’s regeneration and investment strategy for a better connected city that promotes sustainable transport.
The Belfast Telegraph reports that this roads project is the latest in a string of investments in the complex by the Odyssey Trust, which last year spent around £3m on refurbishing and upgrading the facilities at the SSE Arena.