Campaign group criticises rugby club

Annoyed...Positive Planning for Pocklington
Annoyed...Positive Planning for Pocklington

A CAMPAIGN group fighting developer Barratts’ plan to build 600 new homes and a 60-bed care home in Pocklington has criticised the town’s rugby club for taking part in last Thursday’s public consultation.

Pocklington Rugby Club had a stand at the exhibition, which was held at its clubhouse in Percy Road, where its chairman John Bryant was present to answer questions and inform people about the club’s involvement in Barratts’ Kilnwick Road proposals.

As part of the plans, the developer wants to expand land owned the club, with negotiations still taking place between the two parties, according to Mr Bryant.

But action group ‘Positive Planning for Pocklington’, formed recently by several Pocklington residents to campaign against Barratts’ Kilnwick Road plans, argues that the club should not have been at the consultation, claiming it appeared to be working with Barratts.

Fleur Strong, the group’s spokesperson, said: “The fact it was a joint exhibition clearly indicates to Pocklington residents and the wider community that the rugby club is working in partnership with Barratts.

“They should have waited. By assisting Barratts at such an early stage they are potentially improving a flawed application.”

Pocklington RUFC has hit back by claiming it is a long way from agreeing a deal with Barratts.

Mr Bryant said: “We rented the building to them [Barratts]. We agreed to be at any meeting or presentation they did.

“We have not yet reached a final agreement with Barratts.

“As far as I am concerned we are a long way from signing on the doted line.”

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