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Application for markets licence at Gloucester All Blues RFC

Published
08.06.2020

Following the review of an application for a markets licence at Gloucester All Blues RFC, we will not be giving permission as landowner to operate on this site. On this basis, a markets licence will not be granted.

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Following an application to operate a market at the Gloucester All Blues RFC we have reviewed the site and consulted with partner agencies on its suitability.
The site’s point of access is on a busy, multi-lane carriageway which has a bend and as such, the amount of traffic generated by a market would be a danger to anyone entering or leaving the site, as well those travelling past it. This concern was raised by us, the county’s Highways department and Gloucestershire Constabulary as posing significant risk. The incline from the access point to the road increases the danger to motorists travelling in either direction on Castlemeads Way, and those trying to merge on to it from the proposed site.
Additionally, we have been advised by environment officers that the potential flood risk at the site due to it being a functional flood plain affected by high tides, local rainfall and increased water volumes upstream makes it an unsuitable location. The River Severn surrounds the site on all sides and should it need to be evacuated, there would be a risk to life with only one access point and the potential to flood from any or all directions. There is also the liability of vehicles and equipment getting stuck or being damaged should the site flood.
As landowner we will not be granting permission to use the location, and on this basis a markets licence will not be granted.
If the operator finds an alternative location in the city we would expect an application to be submitted which we would review for it’s viability.

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