Baseball fans want Filton base

Published on: 16 Nov 2016

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A group of baseball enthusiasts want to set up a ‘batting cage’ facility on Filton’s Elm Park.
They say the project, which would see a large mesh-type enclosed tent constructed for batting practice, would be ideally suited to the Elm Park playing fields.
The Bristol Batting Cage Management team wants a three-year lease on Elm Park and town councillors were given a brief outline of the project at last month’s full meeting.
Further consideration will be given by the finance committee.
Designs shown to councillors depicted baseball players practising their technique inside three-sided nets - like cricket nets - with the balls fired towards them from a central point. The overall structure is fully enclosed for safety.
The balls are propelled from an automatic pitching machine.
A similar facility in London says the facility is ideal for young and old and can also be popular for parties and corporate days.
A spokesman for Bristol Batting Cage Management said: “The land seems perfectly suited for our purpose and we would like to show (councillors) a detailed business plan. We propose a lease period of three years with a committed interest for the foreseeable future.”
He said the structure would be made from scaffolding poles and does not require concrete.
The team say they have experience in management with large corporations and two of the team completed Masters qualifications in business at Bristol University. All five are keen players with more than 10 years’ experience in baseball and softball.

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