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Stop the council demolishing Crystal Palace

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Please stop the council demolishing the only shelter we have!

AB Severn are a junior rowing club whose aim is to bring rowing to all children regardless of background or financial circumstances. We rely on volunteers, parents and the children themselves for all our support and to keep the club going. Despite these meagre resources we have rapidly gained a reputation as one of the most successful junior squads in the UK. We compete nationally, medaling at the British Championships and regularly beating established Public School crews.

Our conservatory, or Crystal Palace as it's affectionately known, has now fallen foul of the council planners, despite them previously agreeing that it was permitted. As you can see, it's a small and relatively innocuous construction that is well in keeping with its surroundings.They now insist that it is knocked down and will not listen to reason. That will leave the children with nowhere to congregate, discuss sessions or leave their bags. I'm sure you will agree that with the Great British climate that is an unsatisfactory state of affairs. 

We don't have rich backers or endless amounts of kit, we don't have a boathouse, we don't have a clubhouse. We don't even have enough boats for all our rowers to compete in events that we know they could win!

We have access to an old container to store boats, our small glass conservatory to shelter in and a small river frontage with a landing stage that the children built themselves. Our only real asset is the incredible and dedicated young people, who train hard in all conditions and make everyone proud to be part of the club.

Please support us to try to get Malvern Hills District council to listen and to support our youngsters.


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