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Somerset plans to stage international cricket in Taunton given boost

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: November 09, 2012

Somerset chief executive Guy Lavender

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Plans to stage international cricket at the County Ground in Taunton have moved another step closer to becoming reality.

Taunton Deane Borough Council’s Community Scrutiny Committee members have given their backing to a £1million loan to support the development and rebuilding of the Old Pavilion.

Over the last six months Somerset County Cricket Club have been working closely with Taunton Deane and at a meeting this week the scheme was overwhelmingly supported by local councillors.

Somerset chief executive Guy Lavender said: “I was delighted that the Scrutiny Committee decided to recommend our proposal and it will now go to Taunton Deane’s full council for final approval in early December. This is exceptionally good news and the council’s assistance will be critical in helping us to achieve our objective of bringing international cricket to the County Ground.”

“The proposal was unanimously recommended by the Scrutiny Committee with councillors recognising the outstanding progress that we have made in developing the ground, which is a critical component of making sure we have a vibrant and successful town.

“We have had a brilliant relationship with the Council over the last 10 years, where they have helped us every step of the way. Their assistance will enable us to achieve the final phase of our plans ensuring that the club can thrive long into the future.”

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