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Lib Dems defend 'confusion' over Ageas Bowl leaflets
10:16am Friday 15th February 2013 in News
WHILE in control of Eastleigh Borough Council it has been one of the Liberal Democrat’s most controversial policies.
Investing millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money in building a hotel and buying the lease at the home of Hampshire Cricket has sparked a row with opposition parties on the local authority.
But yesterday party activists were forced to defend using the old name for the stadium in by-election propaganda.
Leaflets being distributed by the party call the ground the Rose Bowl, despite it being renamed the Ageas Bowl a year ago.
Under the heading ‘Twenty years of delivering for you’ the leaflet states: “Creating 500 jobs and bringing in £50 million into the local economy at the Rose Bowl.” This refers to Eastleigh Borough Council’s committing £30m to a project to build a luxury hotel at the West End ground, along with buying the lease of the stadium for £6.5m.
But exactly a year ago the name changed to the Ageas Bowl following a six-year sponsorship deal with the Eastleigh-based insurance company.
Last night a Liberal Democrat spokesman defended using the old name.
He said: “It’s actually because of local knowledge that while we accept it’s the Ageas Bowl, and it’s something that the borough council can be very proud of, the majority of the people in Eastleigh know it as the Rose Bowl and continue to call it the Rose Bowl.
One resident, who pointed out the name change, said he also found the literature misleading because the 500 jobs and £50m are future projections which have not yet been created or delivered.