HowZat? Residents’ group relaunches as CG2
In response to significant development proposals at Gloucestershire County Cricket Club in 2009, HowZat? was set up as a residents’ group to promote sustainable development and to mitigate adverse effects on the locality. Ten years on, we have reviewed and refreshed our role, and emerged with a new name and slightly amended objectives.
So please welcome CG2 - Cricket Ground Community Group - to Bishopston. Our aims are:
• To promote sustainable development and mitigate negative impacts on the neighbourhood of the cricket ground
• To encourage good two-way communication with the Club
• To communicate effectively with CG2 supporters and other residents.
In discussion with the Club, a new liaison group has been established to bring together those affected by their proximity to the ground. The group’s aim is to identify issues and implement actions that will promote the best interests of both the ground and its neighbours. CG2, GCCC, and local councillors are all represented, with other parties such as the City of Bristol College and Brunel Field school being involved as necessary.
We recently held the first meeting of this group where we agreed to focus on topics that will have the most impact, and initially concentrated on traffic and stewarding. We noted that stewards’ approaches are often inconsistent and together with limited local knowledge this can often mean a poor experience for residents and visitors alike. These concerns will be addressed for next season, hopefully supported by a single traffic plan to be used whenever required, so that residents are always clear what to expect.
The fixture list for 2020 is now on the GCCC website www.gloscricket.co.uk with the biggest game on Thursday 16 July when England play Australia, and the Gloucestershire v Somerset T20 now on a Sunday, 12 July.
The pre-season residents’ meeting will take place at the club on Wednesday 11 March 2020 from 7.00 – 9.00pm. Please come along to hear about progress and to ask questions. And if you’d like to get involved in CG2 as a volunteer or supporter, please contact us at CG2bishopston@gmail.com
Photo credit: A Boulton