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Council reject new sports centre plans

posted 22.01.15 at 10:33pm

The proposed new sports village has been refused planning permissionThe proposed new sports village has been refused planning permission

The University of Nottingham has blasted Nottingham City Council after the planning committee rejected its planning application for a new £40 million sports centre on University Park campus on Wednesday.

The plans were thrown out by seven votes to six amid councillors' concerns over the felling of three ancient oak trees to make way for the facilities.

But in a fiery statement, university registar Dr Paul Greatrix has accused the council of hypocrisy. The authority recently felled at least 40 trees on University Boulevard for tram and ring road improvements.

UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM STATEMENT:

Sports Editor Patrick Hildred spoke to Cllr Sally Longford, who voted against the plans, to find out the reasons for her decision. He put the university's accusation of hypocrisy to the Wollaton East and Lenton Abbey representative, and asked why the ancient trees were judged to outweigh the benefits of the new sports centre.

URN Sport - Thursday 30/10/14 - Diving, New Sports Village, BUCS and Stuart Pearce

On this week's show Sam is joined by Calum, James and Chris. The guys are joined by Matt and Caroline from the Diving Club. They also hear from SU Sports Officer Kiri Madhani about the newly announced £40 million expansion of the sports centre on University Park campus. The week's BUCS results are rounded-up as usual, and there's also another chance to hear URN's interview with Nottingham Forest manager and England legend Stuart Pearce.


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Stuart Pearce at URN

posted 28.10.14 at 10:08pm

Nottingham Forest manager and England legend Stuart Pearce dropped into URN's studios this week during a visit to the University of Nottingham.

"Psycho", as he's also as known by fans, won 78 caps for England and his managerial role at the City Ground follows spells in charge of Manchester City and the England national under-21 team.

Chatting to Sports Editor Patrick Hildred, Pearce discussed Forest's start to the season, the controversial sale of Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow in the summer, and the discontinuation of the Team GB men's football team which he managed at London 2012.

The 52-year-old also said that the University of Nottingham puts "heart and soul" into the city of Nottingham.

FULL INTERVIEW:

After playing the interview for the first time on Tuesday's URN Sport, Simon discussed what Pearce had had to say with panelists Adam, Nick and Ben.

Tune into URN Sport every Tuesday from 6pm for lively sports discussion, and every Thursday - also from 6pm - to hear weekly analysis of Forest's progress in their 2014/15 season.