Somerset move closer to staging internationals
PLANS to bring international cricket to the County Ground in Taunton took another step closer to becoming reality after the community scrutiny committee of Taunton Deane Borough Council gave their backing to a £1 million 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 the council and, at a meeting earlier this week, the scheme was overwhelmingly supported by local councillors.
Somerset chief executive Guy Lavender, pictured, 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 achieve our objective of bringing international cricket to the County Ground.
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"The proposal was unanimously recommended by the scrutiny committee with councillors recognising the outstanding progress we have made in developing the ground, which is a critical component of making sure we have a vibrant and successful town."
Lavender paid tribute to TDBC for the support they have given to the redevelopment of the County Ground as part of Project Taunton.
He said: "We have had a brilliant relationship with the council over the last ten 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 the club can thrive long into the future."