Delay over signing of legal agreement for Basingstoke Town Football Club's new stadium land

Delay over signing of legal agreement for Basingstoke Town Football Club's new stadium land

Delay over signing of legal agreement for Basingstoke Town Football Club's new stadium land

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A LEGAL agreement between Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Basingstoke Town Football Club for the transfer of land needed for a new stadium will not be signed until councillors have seen reports which led to the decision.

Councillor John Izett, cabinet member for property, finance and commissioning, agreed to delay the signing of the agreement after councillors on the borough council’s scrutiny committee criticised the land deal.

As previously reported by The Gazette, councillors on the borough council’s cabinet gave the green light to a legal agreement with the club for the sale of land needed to build a new 5,124-capacity stadium at Old Common Road, in Eastrop, and for the council’s 29 per cent share of the club’s current stadium at The Camrose.

But Labour councillors Laura James, Mark Taylor and Gary Watts, Liberal Democrat members Gavin James and Stuart Parker and Independent councillor Martin Biermann asked the borough council’s scrutiny committee to look at the issue again last Wednesday, and called on the cabinet not to implement the decision.

The group of councillors requested evidence relating to the decision, including an impact assessment, a report on the selection of sites, and potential future uses for The Camrose ground.

Speaking at the scrutiny meeting, Cllr Parker, who represents Eastrop, said that he had been told that the agreed site was the council’s least preferred venue for the stadium.

He said: “I believe officers and members of the administration should have protected the open space at the Old Common Road site by making clear it is not available for development.”

David Knight, secretary at Basingstoke Town FC, defended the cabinet’s decision, telling the meeting: “It (Basingstoke Town FC) deserves a new stadium – it needs one.

“From the club’s point of view, we have worked with the council all the way through the process and we hope this will continue.”

But Labour councillor Paul Harvey, who sits on the scrutiny committee, said there were “unanswered questions”, and he asked for additional information, including financial information from the football club.

He said: “It is clear there are huge issues here. I want to understand, and have confidence in, terms of the football club and their position in all of this. We do need to see this information.”

A scrutiny meeting will be held at the council offices on Tuesday to discuss the additional information before the committee submits their conclusions to the cabinet at their meeting on July 29.

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2:12pm Mon 21 Jul 14

CrossofLorraine says...

Where were all these objectors who are calling for the protection of “open space” when The Hilton Hotel and Totally Tennis were built on the old common. This isn’t even common land anymore Basingstoke’s Common was moved to Wellocks Hill by the A30 at Old Basing. If the residents of Eastrop want open space they’ve got Eastrop and the War Memorial Parks and the Crabtree Planation to hand or is that too far to walk? The War Memorial Park, Basingstoke High School for Girls (nee The Costello School), Ringway South plus Parkside/Chesterfiel
d/Westfield Roads & Park Gardens were all developed within the boundaries of the old common. You could say they have all benefited the community in some way as would BTFC having new facilities the town could be proud of.
Where were all these objectors who are calling for the protection of “open space” when The Hilton Hotel and Totally Tennis were built on the old common. This isn’t even common land anymore Basingstoke’s Common was moved to Wellocks Hill by the A30 at Old Basing. If the residents of Eastrop want open space they’ve got Eastrop and the War Memorial Parks and the Crabtree Planation to hand or is that too far to walk? The War Memorial Park, Basingstoke High School for Girls (nee The Costello School), Ringway South plus Parkside/Chesterfiel d/Westfield Roads & Park Gardens were all developed within the boundaries of the old common. You could say they have all benefited the community in some way as would BTFC having new facilities the town could be proud of. CrossofLorraine
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4:36am Wed 6 Aug 14

Eastropper says...

Having only just moved to the area and with the Old Common Just across the road I have a vested interest in this issue. As much as I would like the common to stay as it is. It seems that these days any piece of land that isn't used for a purpose is fair game. Unfortunately developers look at green field sites with glee these days as its much cheaper to build on rather than redeveloping a brownfield site.
The site at present isn't used that often, but is used as a car park when there is something big on at War Memorial Park, which is a handy asset. The residents of Eastrop have a right to be worried as access to the estates in the area are pretty restricted and the thought of several thousand vehicles every other week is a worrying one. (Not that Basingstoke Town get that (But Who knows?))
The only reason for having a football ground on that site is that there wouldn't be room for more housing or a retail park, which would be far far worse. And as long as the football club didn't get gready and put retail units on the site, I could live with a football ground on my door step.
Having only just moved to the area and with the Old Common Just across the road I have a vested interest in this issue. As much as I would like the common to stay as it is. It seems that these days any piece of land that isn't used for a purpose is fair game. Unfortunately developers look at green field sites with glee these days as its much cheaper to build on rather than redeveloping a brownfield site. The site at present isn't used that often, but is used as a car park when there is something big on at War Memorial Park, which is a handy asset. The residents of Eastrop have a right to be worried as access to the estates in the area are pretty restricted and the thought of several thousand vehicles every other week is a worrying one. (Not that Basingstoke Town get that (But Who knows?)) The only reason for having a football ground on that site is that there wouldn't be room for more housing or a retail park, which would be far far worse. And as long as the football club didn't get gready and put retail units on the site, I could live with a football ground on my door step. Eastropper
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