FOR decades, the Camrose has been an iconic feature of Basingstoke but in recent times, plans have been afoot to destroy it. Here we take a look at the timeline of the stadium.

  • 1946 - The current Camrose ground was built and a covenant was signed by Lord William Berry, the Viscount Camrose.
  • 1948 - Lord Camrose sold a section of this land to the Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council to develop housing.
  • 1953 -A covenant for the Camrose football ground was extended which states that the land must be used as a football ground for the next 100 years.
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  • 1953 - Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council bought 30 per cent of the Camrose land from Lord Camrose to use for housing development. 
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  • 1991 - Fast forward 40 years, businessman, Rafi Razzak, became the new chairman of the BTFC in May, a position he held for 25 years.
  •  2016 -It is announced that the freehold to the Camrose football ground has been bought by IT company, Centerprise, owned by Mr Razzak.
  • 2017 - Less than 12 months later after this purchase, Mr Razzak steps down as chairman for the BTFC in May after rumours began to circulate about his plans for the football ground.
  • 2017 - A full council meeting with the Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council (BDBC) was held on April 25 which is when the first mention of a ‘lost covenant’ was announced as the councillors started to look for a new home for the football club. The council agreed Mr Razzak could develop the land as long as a like-for-like stadium is made. Council tells public covenant ‘can’t be found’. It was decided that Winklebury be used as a temporary ground.
  •  2018 - Basron Developments Ltd, a company also owned by Mr. Razzak, produced a leaflet outlining their intentions to build on the Camrose.
  • 2019 - In May the council approved the outlined plans for Basron to demolish the ground and use it for housing with the addition of a hotel and fast food restaurant.
  • 2019 - In August, BTFC was evicted from the Camrose ground before the start of the next season.
  • 2019 - A revised plan for the developments on the ground was submitted to the council for 89 properties and a further application for a care home to be added and remove the plans for the fast-food restaurant and the hotel.
  •  2019 - An estimated figure of £250,000 is needed to develop the Winklebury stadium by Basron Ltd, however after the inspectors had been to assess the ground this figure came back requiring £750,000.
  •  2020 - Planning has not been approved but Mr. Razzak gave the go ahead for the ground to be dug up, claiming that they were just “re-seeding the grass.”
  • 2020 - Last week, the covenant was unearthed by the Gazette, raising questions around the morality of building on ground intended to be a football pitch.
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